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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does dub mean?
Where did dub come from?
Dub, for “to nickname” (1600s) someone, comes from dubbing someone a knight ceremonially with a sword (1100s).
Many other senses emerged over the centuries, including slang for “a fool” and a bad shot in golf, also called a duff.
Dub was shortened from double in the 1920s. This dubbing is providing another soundtrack to a film, especially in a different language (e.g., a film dubbed into English), or a musical recording (overdubs).
Musical dubbing (doubling a recording or adding tracks) supplied the name of Dub music. Dub stemmed from Jamaican reggae in the 1960s and features remixes of earlier reggae recordings. It influenced a genre of electronic dance music, dubstep, in London in the 1990s, popularized by the musician Skrillex in the 2000s.
Dub for double was slang for $20 (double ten) in the 1940s and for $20 worth of a drug in the 2010s, as seen in some hip-hop lyrics. Speaking of drugs, dub named a cigarette in the 1970s and then a marijuana joint in the 1990s, perhaps as a form of doobie.
Finally, dub can be short for the letter W, based on its pronunciation. George W. Bush went by Dubya by 2000. Later in the 20th century, dub became slang for “a win (in sports),” a stand-in for W.
Who uses dub?
Dub sees wide use when it means “to give a name” to someone, usually an unofficial one like a nickname (e.g., We dubbed him Fiver since he was always five minutes late to meetings). It also sees playfully lofty use in reference to its original knighting.
Should a team win a game or a person experience some victory, they make take the dub.
NORTHMEN TAKE THE DUB‼️ Amazing game boys! Final score was 20-17, and OP has its best winning record in years! pic.twitter.com/6aDLRhGeeR
— Northmen Sports (@N2SportsOakPark) October 20, 2018
Raina Perez and Jade Vega getting that media time after their big dub! pic.twitter.com/gLvEJNLxnb
— Titans Women’s Basketball (@FullertonWBB) November 29, 2018
Dubbing is still very common in its foreign-language, voice-over sense. In the anime community, for instance, a debate rages over whether it’s better to watch a film in a dubbed or subbed (subtitled) version.
More examples of dub:
“He also says he’d love to do a real dub-meets-metal band, even if he’s the only one who likes it. Which frankly might end up being pretty cool.”
—Greg Kennelty, Metal Injection, September 2018
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How to use dub in a sentence
The researchers dub that conserved area a “Global Safety Net,” mapping out regions that can meet critical conservation and climate goals in a study published September 4 in Science Advances.Protecting half the planet could help solve climate change and save species|Jonathan Lambert|September 4, 2020|Science News
For the past few months, we have been fielding a regular survey dubbed the Events Participation Index, and for the most part it has shown that attitudes about traveling to attend in-person business events are at large negative.How are you feeling about attending in-person events in 2021? Answer our short survey|Henry Powderly|September 4, 2020|Search Engine Land
There’s even a third-party service dubbed iOS Reject Rescue, designed to help developers navigate through the unpredictable approval process.Apple’s App Store draws scrutiny in yet another country|Verne Kopytoff|September 3, 2020|Fortune
Chan Kung, founder, Anbound Research Center Last month, President Xi Jinping launched an initiative dubbed Operation Empty Plate to safeguard China’s food security.
Then two years later, so did Wimdu, a Berlin-based company that some dubbed a clone.
Support for the royals rose to 35-year highs, leading some wags to dub Prince George “the Republican slayer”.Prince George’s First Year Bodes Well for the Survival of the Royals|Tom Sykes|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Over 60 percent call themselves socially liberal while less than half dub themselves fiscally liberal.
The latest purge prompted Carl Bildt, Sweden's foreign minister, to dub Mr Kim's regime “the empire of horror.”The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea's 'Empire of Horror'|The Telegraph|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To combat the malaise, fast food joints are pursuing a high-low strategy, or, as I prefer to dub it, the “Moms and Bros” strategy.Burger King Introduces Big King to Taunt McDonald’s and Stagnating Overall Sales|Daniel Gross|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Unpredictably, he has also worked for, of all things, the road crew of Australian hip-hop/reggae artist Dub FX.Demi Moore Might Be Dating an Australian Pearl Diver and He Is Amazing|Kevin Fallon|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then the friars call the natives Spaniards and the military officers own us as their sons and they dub us brave soldiers.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
And, whenever you see a Dub kidding a Lout, you can be assured that the dub is trying to lift himself above a similar rating.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
Turpin treated him as he had done the dub at the knapping jigger, and cleared the driver and his little wain with ease.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Another, with ‘a fair round belly,’ no doubt, they dub Simon Paunch.
The ordinary dub thinks what he should have done to avoid disaster after it is all over; Bartholomew thought before.The Nerve of Foley|Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for dub (1 of 6)
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British Dictionary definitions for dub (2 of 6)
- music a style of record production associated with reggae, involving the removal or exaggeration of instrumental parts, extensive use of echo, etc
- (as modifier)a dub mix