from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To tap lightly on the shoulder by way of conferring knighthood.
- transitive v. To honor with a new title or description.
- transitive v. To give a name to facetiously or playfully; nickname.
- transitive v. To strike, cut, or rub (timber or leather, for example) so as to make even or smooth.
- transitive v. To dress (a fowl).
- transitive v. To execute (a golf stroke, for example) poorly.
- n. An awkward person or player; a bungler.
- transitive v. To thrust at; poke.
- transitive v. To beat (a drum).
- intransitive v. To make a thrust.
- intransitive v. To beat on a drum.
- n. The act of dubbing.
- n. A drumbeat.
- transitive v. To transfer (recorded material) onto a new recording medium.
- transitive v. To copy (a record or tape).
- transitive v. To insert a new soundtrack, often a synchronized translation of the original dialogue, into (a film).
- transitive v. To add (sound) into a film or tape: dub in strings behind the vocal.
- n. The new sounds added by dubbing.
- n. A dubbed copy of a tape or record.
- n. A mostly instrumental style of music originating in Jamaica, produced by remixing existing recordings to emphasize bass and drum rhythms and adding audio effects
- n. Scots A puddle or small pool.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To confer knighthood; the conclusion of the ceremony was marked by a tap on the shoulder with the sword.
- v. To name, to entitle, to call.
- v. To deem.
- v. To make a copy from an original or master audio tape.
- v. To copy the audio track onto a film.
- v. To replace the original soundtrack of a film with a synchronized translation
- v. To mix audio tracks to produce a new sound; to remix.
- n. A mostly instrumental remix with all or part of the vocals removed.
- n. A style of reggae music involving mixing of different audio tracks.
- n. A growing trend of music from 2009 to current in which bass distortion is synced off timing to electronic dance music.
- n. A piece of graffiti in metallic colour with a thick black outline.
- n. A pool or puddle.
- n. A twenty dollar sack of marijuana.
- n. Wheel rims measuring 20 inches or more.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To confer knighthood upon.
- transitive v. To invest with any dignity or new character; to entitle; to call.
- transitive v. To clothe or invest; to ornament; to adorn.
- transitive v. To strike, rub, or dress smooth; to dab
- transitive v. To dress with an adz.
- transitive v. To strike cloth with teasels to raise a nap.
- transitive v. To rub or dress with grease, as leather in the process of cyrrying it.
- transitive v. To prepare for fighting, as a gamecock, by trimming the hackles and cutting off the comb and wattles.
- intransitive v. To make a noise by brisk drumbeats.
- transitive v. to add sound to an existing recording, audio or video; -- often used with in. The sound may be of any type or of any duration.
- transitive v. to mix together two or more sound or video recordings to produce a composite recording.
- n. A blow.
- n. A pool or puddle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike with a sword in the ceremony of making one a knight; hence, to make or designate as a knight; invest with the knightly character.
- [This catch, a scrap of which is also put into the mouth of Silence in Shakspere's 2 Henry IV., v. 3, alludes to a convivial custom, according to which he who drank a large potation of wine or other liquor, on his knees, to the health of his mistress, was jocularly said to be dubbed a knight, and retained his title for the evening.]
- Hence To confer a new character or any dignity or name upon; entitle; speak of as.
- To invest, with the dress and insignia of a knight, or with any distinctive character; in general, to dress; ornament; embellish.
- To strike, cut, rub, or dress so as to make smooth, or of an equal surface.
- To rub with grease, as leather when being curried.
- To raise a nap on, as cloth, by striking it with teazels.
- To cut off the comb and wattles, and sometimes the earlobes of (a game-cock); trim.
- To dress (a fishing-fly).
- To make a quick noise, as by hammering or drumming.
- n. A blow.
- n. A puddle; a small pool of foul, stagnant water.
- To make a fair show outside or on the surface, as by placing the good wares in the upper part of a basket and the inferior beneath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give a nickname to
- n. the new sounds added by dubbing
- v. provide (movies) with a soundtrack of a foreign language
- v. raise (someone) to knighthood
Middle English dubben, from Old English dubbian, perhaps from Old French aduber.
Perhaps from Low German dubben, to hit, strike.
Short for double.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a Late Old English (11th century) word dubban ("to knight by striking with a sword") perhaps borrowed from Old French aduber, adober "equip with arms; adorn" (also 11th century, Modern French adouber), of uncertain origin, but possibly from a Frankish *dubban, cognate with Icelandic dubba (dubba til riddara). Compare also drub for an English reflex of the Germanic word. (Wiktionary)
From a shortening of the word double. (Wiktionary)
Compare Irish word for "mire, stream", Welsh word for "water". (Wiktionary)