- to invest with any name, character, dignity, or title; style; name; call: He was dubbed a hero.
- to strike lightly with a sword in the ceremony of conferring knighthood; make, or designate as, a knight: The king dubbed him a knight.
- to strike, cut, rub, or make smooth, as leather or timber.
- dub bright, Shipbuilding. to shave off the outer surface of the planking of (a ship).
Origin of dub1
- to thrust; poke.
- Golf. to hit (a ball) poorly; misplay (a shot).
- to execute poorly.
- to thrust; poke.
- a thrust; poke.
- a drumbeat.
Origin of dub3
- to furnish (a film or tape) with a new sound track, as one recorded in the language of the country of import.
- to add (music, speech, etc.) to a film or tape recording (often followed by in).
- to copy (a tape or disc recording).
- to copy program material from one tape recording onto another.
- the new sounds added to a film or tape.
- a style of popular music based on reggae and produced by remixing previously recorded music to which audio samples and sound effects are added.
- dub out, to omit or erase (unwanted sound) on a tape or sound track: to dub out background noise.
Origin of dub4
Examples from the Web for dubbed
There was The Brittany Murphy Story, dubbed a “colossal mess” by reviewers.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
The raw materials— tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold—were dubbed “conflict minerals.”Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
William Dean Howells dubbed it the “true way of running off.”We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
The virus, dubbed Stuxnet, would eventually be identified by journalists and security experts as a U.S.-engineered attack.How Obama Endangered Us All With Stuxnet
November 13, 2014
Mary Matalin once dubbed him a “mega-multimedia Wunderkind!”Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
November 12, 2014
Then he dubbed the robot Charles, after a father he had never known.Beside Still Waters
He dubbed himself a fool that he had not guessed so much before.Love-at-Arms
They dubbed him Tommy, and confided their indignation to their diaries.The Siege of Boston
Some ignoramus, or some wit, had dubbed him the King of Ireland, and he was playing to the part.The O'Ruddy
Here we found Roxy's brother, dubbed "Napoleon" by some white man.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
- (tr) to invest (a person) with knighthood by the ritual of tapping on the shoulder with a sword
- (tr) to invest with a title, name, or nickname
- (tr) to dress (leather) by rubbing
- angling to dress (a fly)
- the sound of a drum
- to alter the soundtrack of (an old recording, film, etc)
- (tr) to substitute for the soundtrack of (a film) a new soundtrack, esp in a different language
- (tr) to provide (a film or tape) with a soundtrack
- (tr) to alter (a taped soundtrack) by removing some parts and exaggerating others
- films the new sounds added
- musica 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
- Australian and NZ informal short for double-bank
- a clumsy or awkward person or player
- to bungle (a shot), as in golf
- Scot and Northern English dialect a pool of water; puddle
- (intr; foll by in, up, or out) slang to contribute to the cost of (something); pay
Word Origin and History for dubbed
"give a name to," originally "make a knight," from late Old English dubbian "knight by striking with a sword" (11c.), a late word, perhaps borrowed from Old French aduber "equip with arms, adorn" (11c.) of uncertain origin, but there are phonetic difficulties. Meaning "provided with a name" is from 1590s. Related: Dubbed; dubbing.
"add or alter sound on film," 1929, shortening of double; so called because it involves re-recording voices onto a soundtrack. The type of re-mixed reggae music was so called from 1974, probably for the same reason. Related: Dubbed; dubbing.