Origin of rubbing
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 rubbingscrub, coat, knead, glaze, cover, scrape, grind, paint, graze, caress, spread, brush, clean, smear, pat, smooth, wipe, apply, wear, slather
Examples from the Web for rubbing
Contemporary Examples of rubbing
The better she does,” she said, rubbing the skin around the clamps, “the heavier it gets.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Establishment figures, Tea Partiers, evangelicals, and libertarians will all be rubbing elbows at a single theater.The Most Interesting Place to Be Tonight
November 4, 2014
For the past week, political junkies throughout my home city of Chicago have been rubbing our hands in giddy anticipation.Could Rahm Lose to This Infamous Union Leader?
July 3, 2014
He got a deck of cards and straddled one of the rubbing tables.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Everybody was rubbing elbows—and other body parts—all the time.Why Did Llewyn Davis’s Greenwich Village Disappear?
December 7, 2013
Historical Examples of rubbing
I often saw him chuckling and rubbing his hands as if in approbation.The Bacillus of Beauty
They made fire by the rubbing of sticks, shot poisoned arrows at game.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Her husband had been taking a nap in the sitting-room, and he came out, rubbing his eyes.Meadow Grass
He can defend himself pretty well, said Bell, rubbing his face.The Field of Ice
The Angel explained how they must be used for rubbing the blind father's eyes.My Double Life
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