AskDefine | Define snub

Dictionary Definition

snub adj : unusually short; "a snub nose"


1 an instance of driving away or warding off [syn: rebuff, repulse]
2 a refusal to recognize someone you know; "the snub was clearly intentional" [syn: cut, cold shoulder]


1 refuse to acknowledge; "She cut him dead at the meeting" [syn: ignore, disregard, cut]
2 reject outright and bluntly; "She snubbed his proposal" [syn: rebuff, repel] [also: snubbing, snubbed]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. conspicuously short
    a snub-nosed revolver



  1. A deliberate affront or slight.
    I hope the people we couldn't invite don't see it as a snub.
  2. A sudden checking of a cable or rope.


deliberate affront or slight
A sudden checking of a cable or rope


  1. To slight, ignore or behave coldly toward someone.
  2. To turn down; to dismiss.
    He snubbed my offer to help.
  3. To stub out (a cigarette etc).
  4. To halt the movement of a rope etc by turning it about a cleat or bollard etc; to secure a vessel in this manner.


slight, ignore, behave coldly toward
turn down, dismiss
To stub out (a cigarette etc)
To halt the movement of a rope etc by turning it about a cleat or bollard etc; to secure a vessel in this manner

Extensive Definition

Snub has several meanings:
  • snub (geometry), including the Snub cube (or snub cuboctahedron); an Archimedean solid.
  • Unusually short, as in a snub nose, which Socrates famously had.
  • To treat someone rudely or brusquely, to refuse to acknowledge someone you know.
  • Snubber — a fluidic, mechanical or electrical device used to suppress transients

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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