I. transitive verb (snubbed; snubbing) Etymology: Middle English snibben, snubben, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snubba to scold, Swedish dialect snubba to reproach, cut off Date: 13th century 1. to check or stop with a cutting retort ; rebuke 2. a. to check (as a line) suddenly while running out especially by turning around a fixed object (as a post or a cleat); also to check the motion of by snubbing a line <
snub the anchor
b. to restrain the action of ; suppress <
snub a vibration
3. to treat with contempt or neglect <
snub an old acquaintance
4. to extinguish by stubbing <
snub out a cigarette
II. noun Date: 14th century an act or an instance of snubbing; especially slight III. adjective Date: 1724 1. (or snubbed) blunt, stubby <
a snub nose
2. used in snubbing <
snub line
snubness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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