rub-a-dub

[ ruhb-uh-duhb ]
/ ˈrʌb əˌdʌb /
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noun

the sound of a drum when beaten.

Nearby words

  1. rub out,
  2. rub someone's nose in it,
  3. rub the wrong way,
  4. rub up,
  5. rub up on,
  6. rub-down,
  7. rub` al khali,
  8. rubaboo,
  9. rubaiyat,
  10. rubaiyat stanza

Origin of rub-a-dub

First recorded in 1780–90; imitative

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Word Origin and History for rub-a-dub

rub-a-dub

n.

1787, echoic of the sound of a drum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper