Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of rubbing or wiping
  2. (noun, cognition) an unforeseen obstacle
  3. (verb, contact) move over something with pressure
    rub oil into her skin
  4. (verb, contact) cause friction
  5. (verb, perception) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

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Synonyms of Rub

chafe, fray, fret, hang-up, hitch, itch, scratch, snag, wipe

Origin of the word Rub

  1. late 14c., perhaps related to E.Fris. rubben "to scratch, rub," and Low Ger. rubbeling "rough, uneven," or similar words in Scandinavian (cf. Dan. rubbe "to rub, scrub," Norw. rubba), of uncertain origin. Hamlet's there's the rub (1602) preserves a noun sense of "obstacle, inequality on ground" first recorded 1580s and common in 17c. To rub… more

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Words that sound like Rub

r.v., rabbi, rabi i, rabi ii, raf, raffia, rap, rape, raphe, raphia, rappee, rarefy, rarify, rave, rave-up, rb, rbi, reap, reave, reb, rebuff, reef, reefy, reeve, ref, reify, rep, repay, repp, rev, rev up, review, revive, revivify, revue, rf, rhaphe, rib

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