from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A puddle or small pool.
  • transitive verb To tap lightly on the shoulder by way of conferring knighthood.
  • transitive verb To honor with a new title or description.
  • transitive verb To give a name to facetiously or playfully; nickname.
  • transitive verb To strike, cut, or rub (timber or leather, for example) so as to make even or smooth.
  • transitive verb To dress (a fowl).
  • transitive verb To execute (a golf stroke, for example) poorly.
  • noun An awkward person or player; a bungler.
  • intransitive verb To thrust at; poke.
  • intransitive verb To beat (a drum).
  • intransitive verb To make a thrust.
  • intransitive verb To beat on a drum.
  • noun The act of dubbing.
  • noun A drumbeat.
  • transitive verb To transfer (recorded material) onto a new recording medium.
  • transitive verb To copy (a record or tape).
  • transitive verb To insert a new soundtrack, often a synchronized translation of the original dialogue, into (a film).
  • transitive verb To add (sound) into a film or tape.
  • noun The new sounds added by dubbing.
  • noun A dubbed copy of a tape or record.
  • noun A mostly instrumental style of music originating in Jamaica, produced by remixing existing recordings to emphasize drum and bass rhythms and adding audio effects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A blow.
  • 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 fair show outside or on the surface, as by placing the good wares in the upper part of a basket and the inferior beneath.
  • noun A puddle; a small pool of foul, stagnant water.
  • To make a quick noise, as by hammering or drumming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare A blow.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A pool or puddle.
  • intransitive verb To make a noise by brisk drumbeats.
  • transitive verb To confer knighthood upon.
  • transitive verb To invest with any dignity or new character; to entitle; to call.
  • transitive verb obsolete To clothe or invest; to ornament; to adorn.
  • transitive verb To strike, rub, or dress smooth; to dab
  • transitive verb To dress with an adz.
  • transitive verb To strike cloth with teasels to raise a nap.
  • transitive verb To rub or dress with grease, as leather in the process of cyrrying it.
  • transitive verb To prepare for fighting, as a gamecock, by trimming the hackles and cutting off the comb and wattles.
  • transitive verb [Prov. Eng.] to dress a fishing fly.
  • transitive verb (Plastering) to fill out, as an uneven surface, to a plane, or to carry out a series of small projections.
  • transitive verb 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 verb to mix together two or more sound or video recordings to produce a composite recording.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English dubben, from Old English dubbian, perhaps from Old French aduber.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from Low German dubben, to hit, strike.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for double.]

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From a shortening of the word double.

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Compare Irish word for "mire, stream", Welsh word for "water".

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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.



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