Nearby words

  1. ru,
  2. ru 486,
  3. ruana,
  4. ruanda,
  5. ruanda-urundi,
  6. rub al khali,
  7. rub along,
  8. rub down,
  9. rub elbows with,
  10. rub in

Idioms

Origin of rub

1300–50; 1860–65 for def 18b; Middle English rubben (v.); cognate with Frisian rubben, Danish rubbe, Swedish rubba

Related formsun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rub

rub

/ (rʌb) /

verb rubs, rubbing or rubbed

noun


Word Origin for rub

C15: perhaps from Low German rubben, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for rub
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Medicine definitions for rub

rub

[ rŭb ]

n.

The application of friction and pressure.
Such a procedure applied to the body.

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Idioms and Phrases with rub

rub

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

also see:

  • the rub
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