verb (used with object), rubbed, rub·bing.
verb (used without object), rubbed, rub·bing.
- to smooth off, polish, or apply a coating to: to rub a chair down with sandpaper.
- to give a massage to.
- to obliterate; erase.
- Slang.to murder: They rubbed him out before he could get to the police.
Origin of rub
Synonyms for rub
Related Words for rubdrawback, scrub, coat, knead, glaze, cover, scrape, grind, paint, graze, caress, spread, brush, clean, smear, pat, smooth, wipe, apply, wear
Examples from the Web for rub
Contemporary Examples of rub
Rub the loin with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Rub pork loin with paprika, Cajun seasoning, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
The rub is that these devices have been in short supply lately.The Romantic Comedy Is Dead
July 7, 2014
Maybe the cleric can rub his own magic lamp, and ask it to explain the concept known as brain drain.Iran Cleric: Jews Use Sorcery to Spy
July 5, 2014
When you get a new one they tell you to put coco-butter on your fingers and rub it a lot so it won't show so much.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Historical Examples of rub
Is it that it seems a strange and hideous dream, from which we will awake and rub our eyes?Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
He ran and pulled some grass and proceeded to rub the Major down.Weighed and Wanting
And this time the thing he wanted was to get the dervish to rub some of the salve on his other eye.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Wash the meat in cold water, and then wipe it dry, and rub it with salt.
Reserve some of the stuffing to rub all over the outside of the meat.
verb rubs, rubbing or rubbed
- golfan incident of accidental interference with the ball
- informala piece of good or bad luck
Word Origin for rub
early 14c., transitive and intransitive, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to East Frisian rubben "to scratch, rub," and Low German rubbeling "rough, uneven," or similar words in Scandinavian (cf. Danish rubbe "to rub, scrub," Norwegian rubba), of uncertain origin. Related: Rubbed; rubbing.
To rub (someone) the wrong way is from 1853; probably the notion is of cats' fur. To rub noses in greeting as a sign of friendship (attested from 1822) formerly was common among Eskimos, Maoris, and some other Pacific Islanders. Rub out "obliterate" is from 1560s; underworld slang sense of "kill" is recorded from 1848, American English. Rub off "remove by rubbing" is from 1590s; meaning "have an influence" is recorded from 1959.
"act of rubbing," 1610s, from rub (v.); earlier "obstacle, inequality on ground" (1580s, common in 17c.) which is the figure in Hamlet's there's the rub (1602).
In addition to the idioms beginning with rub
- rub down
- rub elbows with
- rub in
- rub off on
- rub one's hands
- rub out
- rub someone's nose in it
- rub the wrong way
- rub up on
- the rub