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verb (used with object), snubbed, snub·bing.
  1. to treat with disdain or contempt, especially by ignoring.
  2. to check or reject with a sharp rebuke or remark.
  3. to check or stop suddenly (a rope or cable that is running out).
  4. to check (a boat, an unbroken horse, etc.) by means of a rope or line made fast to a fixed object.
  5. to pull up or stop abruptly in such a manner.
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  1. an act or instance of snubbing.
  2. an affront, slight, or rebuff.
  3. a sudden check given to a rope or cable running out, a moving boat, or the like.
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  1. (of the nose) short and turned up at the tip.
  2. blunt.
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Origin of snub

1300–50; Middle English snubben < Old Norse snubba to scold, reprimand; cognate with Middle Low German snūben
Related formssnub·ber, nounsnub·bing·ly, adverbun·snubbed, adjective


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  • You see—Lady Coryston has not only snubbed me—she has insulted father.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • The other women agreed with him, and snubbed the ignoramus, who retired from the controversy.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • She thanked me and all that; but she snubbed me just the same.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Now, as Private Secretary, Balfour had snubbed this party repeatedly.

  • When an envoy is snubbed, he always asks for leave of absence.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for snubbed


verb snubs, snubbing or snubbed (tr)
  1. to insult (someone) deliberately
  2. to stop or check the motion of (a boat, horse, etc) by taking turns of a rope or cable around a post or other fixed object
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  1. a deliberately insulting act or remark
  2. nautical
    1. an elastic shock absorber attached to a mooring line
    2. (as modifier)a snub rope
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  1. short and bluntSee also snub-nosed
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Derived Formssnubber, nounsnubby, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse snubba to scold; related to Norwegian, Swedish dialect snubba to cut short, Danish snubbe
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Word Origin and History for snubbed



mid-14c., "to check, reprove, rebuke," from Old Norse snubba "to curse, chide, snub, scold, reprove." The ground sense is perhaps "to cut off," and the word probably is related to snip. Cf. Swedish snobba "lop off, snuff (a candle)," Old Norse snubbotr "snubbed, nipped, with the tip cut off." Meaning "treat coldly" appeared early 18c. Related: Snubbed; snubbing.

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"short and turned up," 1725, in snub-nosed, from snub (v.). The connecting notion is of being "cut short."

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"rebuke, intentional slight," 1530s, from snub (v.).

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