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snub

[snuhb] /snʌb/
verb (used with object), snubbed, snubbing.
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.
noun
6.
an act or instance of snubbing.
7.
an affront, slight, or rebuff.
8.
a sudden check given to a rope or cable running out, a moving boat, or the like.
adjective
9.
(of the nose) short and turned up at the tip.
10.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English snubben < Old Norse snubba to scold, reprimand; cognate with Middle Low German snūben
Related forms
snubber, noun
snubbingly, adverb
unsnubbed, adjective
Synonyms
1. slight. 2. stop, reprove, reprimand.
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Examples for snub
  • Political observers immediately sought to find meaning behind what some suspected was an intentional snub.
  • T-Mobile is performing a balancing act in responding to the snub.
  • If he loses badly then, pundits will put it down to his earlier snub.
  • snub-nosed breeds don't fare well inflight, statistically.
  • Politicians, predictably, have responded to this snub by returning to their bad old form.
  • And some that should know better than to snub such people nevertheless do so.
  • The sisters were fair-skinned blondes with small oval faces, blue-gray eyes, and slightly snub noses.
  • He then pulled a snub-nose chrome revolver from his waistband.
  • Temperature restrictions are even stricter for snub-nosed animals.
  • They are snub nosed and thickset, dark brown or gray on top, with hairs that are whitish at the base.
British Dictionary definitions for snub

snub

/snʌb/
verb (transitive) snubs, snubbing, snubbed
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
noun
3.
a deliberately insulting act or remark
4.
(nautical)
  1. an elastic shock absorber attached to a mooring line
  2. (as modifier) a snub rope
adjective
5.
short and blunt See also snub-nosed
Derived Forms
snubber, noun
snubby, 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 snub
snub
mid-14c., "to check, reprove, rebuke," from O.N. snubba "to curse, scold, reprove." Meaning "treat coldly" appeared early 18c. The adj. meaning "short and turned up" (of the nose) is first recorded 1724. The connecting notion is of being "cut short."
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