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1. rub

verb. ['ˈrʌb'] move over something with pressure.

Synonyms

  • smudge
  • worry
  • touch
  • gauge
  • pass
  • run
  • pass over
  • blur
  • smutch
  • guide
  • grate
  • scrape
  • smear
  • brush
  • rosin
  • scour
  • pumice
  • strain
  • abrade
  • sponge down
  • sponge off
  • scrub
  • wipe
  • puree

Antonyms

  • stay in place
  • open
  • thicken
  • reassure

Etymology

  • rubben (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Rub

  • stubbe
  • stub
  • snub
  • clubb
  • club
  • tubb
  • tub
  • sub
  • pub
  • nub
  • jubb
  • hub
  • dub
  • cub
  • chubb
  • bubb
  • bub

Example sentences of the word rub


1. Noun, singular or mass
Never rub as this can cause the cords to tangle.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
You rub the cloth over your aluminum flag pole and then wipe the pole with a clean dry rag.

3. Verb, past tense
They rapidly rub the leather or cloth against the work piece’s material while applying pressure.

4. Verb, base form
Do not scrub, rub or bunch the hair together.

5. Verb, 3rd person singular present
Gently rub the petroleum jelly into the boot to remove the scuff mark.

Quotes containing the word rub


1. If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
- Rumi

2. If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the "Fuck you"signs in the world. It's impossible.
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

3. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. Besides, in this random miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete stranger who will, with luck, turn into the best friend we have in the world.
- Virginia Woolf, Street haunting

2. rub-a-dub

noun. the sound made by beating a drum.

Synonyms

  • drumbeat
  • rataplan

Antonyms

  • consonant
  • unsound
  • unhealthy

3. rub

verb. ['ˈrʌb'] cause friction.

Synonyms

  • fret
  • scratch
  • adjoin
  • contact
  • fray
  • meet
  • touch

Antonyms

  • diverge
  • miss
  • disengage
  • discolor

Etymology

  • rubben (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. rub

noun. ['ˈrʌb'] an unforeseen obstacle.

Synonyms

  • obstruction
  • hang-up
  • hitch
  • obstacle

Antonyms

  • deposit
  • sheathe
  • disarrange
  • obviate

Etymology

  • rubben (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. rub

noun. ['ˈrʌb'] the act of rubbing or wiping.

Synonyms

  • scuff
  • wipe
  • physical contact

Antonyms

  • push
  • repel
  • abduct
  • glycerolize

Etymology

  • rubben (Middle English (1100-1500))

6. rub

verb. ['ˈrʌb'] scrape or rub as if to relieve itching.

Synonyms

  • irritate
  • itch

Antonyms

  • abstain
  • thinness
  • keep down

Etymology

  • rubben (Middle English (1100-1500))
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