Rub an eraser over the blackboard; rubbed my fingers over the sore spot.
Rub away a stain; rubbed the sleep from my eyes.
Newsprint that rubbed off on my fingers; wished some of her luck would rub off on me.
A back rub.
- A liniment or balm.
- A seasoning made of ground spices and herbs, applied to the surface of meat, fish, or vegetables before cooking.
To rub oneself dry.
The tire rubbing against the fender.
Let's see if her teacher's manners will rub off.
An example of to rub is getting a back massage.
An example of to rub is to have two things move against each other with pressure, such as a horse and a saddle.
Rub lotion on the hands; rub dye into the fabric.
- To mix or socialize closely:.Diplomats rubbing elbows with heads of state.
- To experience or display pleased anticipation, self-satisfaction, or glee.
- To bring repeatedly and forcefully to another's attention.
- To annoy; irritate:.
- To refresh one's knowledge of:.I have to rub up on my French.
- To manage or keep going in spite of difficulties.
- To massage.
- To smooth, polish, wear down, etc. by rubbing.
- To associate or mingle with (famous or prominent people, etc.).
- To keep on mentioning to someone his or her failure or mistake, often with some malice.
- To be left on (something or someone) as a mark, as by rubbing or, figuratively, by personal contact or influence.
- To erase or be erased by rubbing.
- To kill or murder.
- To be annoying, irritating, etc. to.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of rub
- Middle English rubben
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition