verb (used with object), snubbed, snub·bing.



(of the nose) short and turned up at the tip.

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

Synonyms for snub Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snubbed

Contemporary Examples of snubbed

Historical Examples of snubbed

  • 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)

to insult (someone) deliberately
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


a deliberately insulting act or remark
  1. an elastic shock absorber attached to a mooring line
  2. (as modifier)a snub rope


short and bluntSee also snub-nosed
Derived Formssnubber, nounsnubby, adjective

Word Origin for snub

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.



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



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

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