To snub is to ignore or refuse to acknowledge someone. If you want to snub your former best friend, you can refuse to even look at her when you pass in the hallway.

When you snub someone, you deliver an insult by pretending to not even notice someone that you know. There’s an element of disdain and rejection to a snub, as if you’re too good to even acknowledge the person. As a noun, a snub is that act of cold rejection. Your former friend probably noticed the snub, and she’ll probably snub you from now on. Snub also means "very short," like the nose on a bulldog.

Definitions of snub

v refuse to acknowledge

cut, disregard, ignore
Type of:
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way

v reject outright and bluntly

“She snubbed his proposal”
rebuff, repel
Type of:
disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down
reject with contempt

n a refusal to recognize someone you know

“the snub was clearly intentional”
cold shoulder, cut
Type of:
rebuff, slight
a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)

n an instance of driving away or warding off

rebuff, repulse
Type of:
the speech act of rejecting

adj unusually short

“a snub nose”
(primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.