General English


  • verb to add sound effects to an animation, multimedia presentation, film or video


  • For a given audio and/or video recording, to add or replace sounds, or one or more sound tracks. For example, in a movie, to add sound effects or replace dialogue with that of another language.
  • To transfer of all or part of one recording to another.
  • To mix two or more sound sources into a single recording.
  • To record on one device what it being reproduced through another.
  • That which has been added, replaced, transferred, mixed, or copied through dubbing.

Media Studies

  • verb to make a copy of something recorded, usually from one source to another, e.g. from cassette to disc


  • adjective fashionable, aware. In this sense the word was a vogue term of the lexicon of the grunge movement originating in Seattle in 1993 and functioned as a synonym of hip and dope, etc.
  • noun a kind of heavy reggae music in which instrumental tracks already recorded are electronically altered and overlaid (‘dubbed’ one on another) with vocals and sound effects to create a new piece of music. The form was popular in Jamaica and Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • noun a cigarette
  • noun a fool, an incompetent. An almost archaic word which survives among older speakers in the USA and Australia.

Origin & History of “dub”

English has two words dub. By far the older, ‘create a knight, name’ (11th c.), was one of the first linguistic fruits of the Norman conquest, which was during the middle English period to contribute such a vast number of French words to the English language. It came from Anglo-Norman duber, which was a reduced form of aduber, the Anglo-Norman version of Old French adober. this meant ‘equip, repair, arrange’, but also specifically ‘equip with armour’, which led metaphorically to ‘confer the rank of knighthood on’. The sense ‘arrange’ has remained in use in various technical areas up to the present time, and its application to the dressing of leather with grease formed the basis of the noun dubbin ‘mixture of oil and tallow for softening and waterproofing leather’ (18th c.).

Dub ‘insert soundtrack’ (20th c.) is a shortened version of double.