Definitions and meaning of rub
From Middle English rubben, possibly from Low German rubben, rubbeling or Saterland Frisian rubben. Or, of North Germanic origin, such as Swedish rubba (“to move, scrub”), all from Proto-Germanic *reufaną (“to tear”).
Cognate with Saterland Frisian rubje (“to rub, scrape”), German Low German rubben (“to rub”), Low German rubblig (“rough, uneven”), Dutch robben, rubben (“to rub smooth; scrape; scrub”), Danish rubbe (“to rub, scrub”), Icelandic and Norwegian rubba (“to scrape”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹʌb/, [ɹɐb], enPR: rŭb
- (US) IPA(key): /ɹʌb/, enPR: rŭb
- Rhymes: -ʌb
rub (plural rubs)
- An act of rubbing.
- A difficulty or problem.
- (archaic) A quip or sarcastic remark.
- In the game of crown green bowls, any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.
- Any substance designed to be applied by rubbing.
- A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.
- (Britain, naval slang) A loan.
- (a difficulty or problem): hitch, hiccup, catch, kink, glitch, snag
rub (third-person singular simple present rubs, present participle rubbing, simple past and past participle rubbed)
- (transitive) To move (one object) while maintaining contact with another object over some area, with pressure and friction.
- (transitive) To rub something against (a second thing).
- 1536 (originally published, the quote if from a later edited version of unknown date), Thomas Elyot, The Castel of Helth
- It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth.
- (intransitive) To be rubbed against something.
- (transitive) To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
- (dated) To move or pass with difficulty.
- To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up or over.
- a. 1716, Robert South, Man Created in God's Image
- The whole business of our redemption is, in short, only to rub over the defaced copy of the creation
- To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
- (transitive, bowls) To touch the jack with the bowl.
- rub in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- rub in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- rub at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Douglas Harper, “rub”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
From Proto-Slavic *rǫbъ (“something which was cut”), from *rǫbati (“to cut, chop”).
- IPA(key): /rup/
- Rhymes: -up
- Homophone: rup
- back (the reverse side)
- the other (often negative) aspect of a situation
- vzhůru nohama
- rub on the Czech Wikipedia.Wikipedia cs
- rub in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
- rub in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
- second-person singular imperative of rubaś
Borrowed from English rub.
rub m (genitive singular rub, plural rubbyn)
rub (verbal noun rubbey or rubbal)
- to rub
From Proto-Slavic *rǫbъ.
rȗb m (Cyrillic spelling ру̑б)
- edge, brink
- RUANA, (Spanish) a woollen outer garment resembling a poncho, worn in parts of South America.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)