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 rubbedscrub, coat, knead, glaze, cover, scrape, grind, paint, graze, caress, spread, brush, clean, smear, pat, smooth, wipe, apply, wear, slather
Examples from the Web for rubbed
Contemporary Examples of rubbed
Necks are rubbed, pimples popped and haircuts given on a totally unnecessary, weekly basis.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
"It's rubbed with curry and five-spice powder," he explains as waiters take notes.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic
Jane & Michael Stern
July 13, 2014
I should have bought you roses, Good & Plenty, and rubbed your toeses [sic],” he adds on “Too Little Too Late.Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped
June 26, 2014
The women in my family often rubbed their palms against his cheek, though it was his eyes that made him so beautiful.
She rubbed the shoulders of their daughter, the one my age, who was now crying.
Historical Examples of rubbed
She merely turned her head and rubbed his knee with her nose.Way of the Lawless
I pull it off and put it back and it galls my finger, as if it rubbed a wound.
And he chuckled and rubbed his lean hands together as I had so often seen him do.
But, on reaching the spot, they rubbed their eyes so much the harder.Biographical Stories
Mr. Clotworthy sat back in his chair and rubbed his glasses with his handkerchief.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
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