dub

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[ duhb ]
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verb (used with object), dubbed, dub·bing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. duane,
  2. duarchy,
  3. duarte,
  4. duarte fuentes,
  5. duathlon,
  6. dubai,
  7. dubawnt,
  8. dubbeltje,
  9. dubbin,
  10. dubbing

Idioms

    dub bright, Shipbuilding. to shave off the outer surface of the planking of (a ship).

Origin of dub

1
1175–1225; Middle English dubben, late Old English *dubbian (in phrase dubbade tō ridere ‘dubbed to knight(hood)’), < Anglo-French dubber, dobber, douber, aphetic form of ad(o)uber, equivalent to a- a-5 + -do(u)ber < Old Low Franconian *dubban ‘to strike, beat’, cognate with Low German dubben, dub3; cf. daube

Related formsdub·ber, noun

Origin of dub

4
First recorded in 1925–30; short for double

Related formsdub·ber, noun

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Examples from the Web for dubber

  • The "dubber" was made of the stock of an elk's horn, with a piece of iron or steel inserted in the end, forming a sharp knife.



British Dictionary definitions for dubber

dub

1
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

(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)

noun

the sound of a drum

Word Origin for dub

Old English dubbian; related to Old Norse dubba to dub a knight, Old High German tubili plug, peg

dub

2
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed films television

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

noun

films the new sounds added
  1. music a style of record production associated with reggae, involving the removal or exaggeration of instrumental parts, extensive use of echo, etc
  2. (as modifier)a dub mix

Word Origin for dub

C20: shortened from double

dub

3
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

Australian and NZ informal short for double-bank

dub

4
/ (dʌb) US and Canadian informal /

noun

a clumsy or awkward person or player

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

to bungle (a shot), as in golf

Word Origin for dub

C19: of uncertain origin

dub

5
/ (dʌb) /

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a pool of water; puddle

Word Origin for dub

C16: Scottish dialect dubbe; related to Middle Low German dobbe

dub

6
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

(intr; foll by in, up, or out) slang to contribute to the cost of (something); pay

Word Origin for dub

C19: of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for dubber
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