tr.v. snubbed, snub·bing, snubs
1. To ignore or behave coldly toward; slight.
2. To dismiss, turn down, or frustrate the expectations of.
a. To check the movement of (a rope or cable running out) by turning it quickly about a post or cleat.
b. To secure (a vessel, for example) in this manner.
4. To stub out (a cigarette, for example).
1. A deliberate slight or affront.
2. Nautical A sudden checking, as of a rope or cable running out.
Unusually short: a snub nose.
[Middle English snubben, to rebuke; akin to Old Norse snubba.]
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