phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Browse phrases beginning with:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T UV W XYZ Full List

"dub" or "dubbing"

Posted by Bruce Kahl on September 29, 2000

In Reply to: "Dub" or "dubbing" posted by Bob on September 29, 2000

: : : Please give me the the history or orgin of the term to dub or dubbing. Does it come from the ceremony of knighthood of the Middle Ages? cmb

: Yes and no. The word dub does mean to invest with a title, usually referring to knighthood... but the word is older, earlier than 1100, at which point the OED throws up its hands, and describes the origin as lost in the mists of time. Maybe Old French, maybe Teutonic, certainly ancient.

Main Entry: dub
Pronunciation: 'd&b
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): dubbed; dub·bing
Etymology: Middle English dubben, from Old English dubbian; akin to Old Norse dubba to dub, Old High German tubili plug
Date: before 12th century