Definition of snub in English:


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Pronunciation: /snʌb

verb (snubs, snubbing, snubbed)

[with object]
  • 2Check the movement of (a horse or boat), especially by a rope wound round a post: a horse snubbed to a tree
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    • He believes that by scaring a horse, such as sacking them out incorrectly, snubbing, or tying a scary object to the saddle to where the horse has no means of escape will lead to a nervous or spooky horse.
    • Nichols caught one of them and snubbed it around two tree stumps.
    • To climb on-board, technicians snub the rambunctious radar flyer with strategically laced ropes.


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  • An act of rebuffing or ignoring someone or something: the move was a snub to the government
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    • But to have passed over Pakistan would have been a humiliating snub to a strategically important regional power that Washington needs to engage.
    • The move would be a clear snub to the ‘stability and growth pact’ under which countries in the eurozone are expected not to exceed the 3% ceiling on domestic deficits.
    • Who would have thought that the state that, more than any other in the EU, has converted years of funding support into double-digit annual growth would deliver such a snub to the EU enlargement agenda?


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  • (Of a person’s nose) short and turned up at the end: [in combination]: snub-nosed
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    • The Himalayan's broad head, tiny ears, full cheeks, large, round eyes and short, snub nose conspire to produce a sweet but extreme expression that few people can resist.
    • She's either not made up or has applied very subtle cosmetics to her high forehead and cute snub nose.
    • One member species, Rhinopithecus roxellana, is widely known as golden monkey or snub-nosed monkey for its shining golden coat and funny snub nose.


Middle English (as a verb, originally in the sense 'rebuke with sharp words'): from Old Norse snubba 'chide, check the growth of'. The adjective dates from the early 18th century.

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