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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rubrʌb(v.; n.)rubbed, rub•bing

  1. (v.t.)to subject (something) to pressure and friction, as in cleaning, polishing, or massaging; move one thing back and forth or with a rotary motion along the surface of (something else).

  2. to move, spread, or apply with pressure and friction over something:

    to rub lotion on chapped hands.

  3. to move (two things) with pressure and friction over each other:

    He rubbed his hands together.

  4. to force (something) by pressure and friction (fol. by in or into).

  5. to make sore from friction.

  6. to remove or erase by pressure and friction (often fol. by off or out).

  7. (v.i.)to exert pressure and friction on something.

  8. to move with pressure against something.

  9. to admit of being rubbed in a specified manner:

    Chalk rubs off easily.

  10. rub down, to smooth, polish, or clean by rubbing. to massage.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  11. rub off on,to pass along to, as or as if by touching:

    I wish your good luck would rub off on me.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary

  12. rub out, to obliterate; erase. Slang. to murder.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. (n.)an act or instance of rubbing:

    an alcohol rub.

  14. something that annoys or irritates one's feelings.

  15. an annoying experience or circumstance.

  16. an obstacle or difficulty.

  17. a rough or abraded area caused by rubbing.

Idioms for rub:

  1. rub elbows or shoulders with,to associate or mingle with.

    Category: Idiom

  2. rub it in,to emphasize or reiterate something unpleasant in order to tease or annoy.

    Category: Idiom

  3. rub someone's nose in,to remind someone persistently of (a past mistake) in order to punish.

    Category: Idiom

  4. rub the wrong way,to irritate; offend; annoy.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of rub:

1300–50; ME rubben (v.); obscurely akin to Fris (East Frisian), LG rubben

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hang-up, hitch, rub, snag(noun)

    an unforeseen obstacle

  2. rub, wipe(verb)

    the act of rubbing or wiping

    "he gave the hood a quick rub"

  3. rub(verb)

    move over something with pressure

    "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"

  4. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  5. rub, scratch, itch(verb)

    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

    "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rub(verb)ʌb

    to move sth backward and forward over the surface of sth

    He rubbed his leg where he had hit it.; She rubbed the mark off her cheek.

  2. rubʌb

    to move backward and forward against sth

    The cat rubbed itself against her legs.; My new shoes are rubbing on my heel.

  3. rub(noun)ʌb

    an of rubbing

    Here, let me give your back a rub.


  1. rub(Noun)

    An act of rubbing.

    Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out

  2. rub(Noun)

    A difficulty or problem.

    Therein lies the rub.

  3. rub(Noun)

    In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.

  4. rub(Noun)

    A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.

  5. rub(Verb)

    To move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area.

  6. rub(Verb)

    To rub something against.

    I rubbed the glass with the cloth.

  7. rub(Verb)

    To rub against something.

    My shoes are beginning to rub.

  8. Origin: From . Cognate with rubben, rubbeling, and rubba, rubbe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rub(verb)

    to subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper

  2. Rub(verb)

    to move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground

  3. Rub(verb)

    to cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body

  4. Rub(verb)

    to spread a substance thinly over; to smear

  5. Rub(verb)

    to scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver

  6. Rub(verb)

    to hinder; to cross; to thwart

  7. Rub(verb)

    to move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost

  8. Rub(verb)

    to fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore

  9. Rub(verb)

    to move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world

  10. Rub(noun)

    the act of rubbing; friction

  11. Rub(noun)

    that which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch

  12. Rub(noun)

    inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness

  13. Rub(noun)

    something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub

  14. Rub(noun)

    imperfection; failing; fault

  15. Rub(noun)

    a chance

  16. Rub(noun)

    a stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also rubstone


  1. Rub

    Rub is a thick dark brown, very sweet syrup extracted from dates or carob. It is used widely in Libya, usually with Asida as well as many other Middle Eastern countries.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RUB' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4413

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RUB' in Verbs Frequency: #673

Anagrams of RUB

  1. bur

Translations for RUB

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of rubbing

He gave the teapot a rub with a polishing cloth.

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