Meaning of phubbing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌbɪŋ/

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mass noun informal
  • The practice of ignoring one's companion or companions in order to pay attention to one's phone or other mobile device.

    • ‘phubbing is just one symptom of our increasing reliance on mobile phones and the internet’
    • ‘I'm not guilty of phubbing, but it's a very important topic to discuss.’
    • ‘Even if any of these initiatives help to reduce phubbing, there's a serious challenge on the way—smartwatches.’
    • ‘According to survey results, 46.3 percent of respondents said they'd experienced phubbing at the hands of their significant other.’
    • ‘When someone else is ignoring you to be on their phone, the temptation is to take out your own phone; this won't solve the problem, and may even end with them accusing you of phubbing.’
    • ‘You don't have to stage an intervention, but the next time you catch them phubbing you, say gently but firmly: I'd really prefer if we could put our phones away when we're spending time together.’
    • ‘I have a patient who resorts to phubbing to hurt his wife.’
    • ‘Phubbing is rife throughout the world.’
    • ‘While phubbing most definitely has social consequences, it also has a significant environmental impact as smartphones consume far more energy than most of us think.’
    • ‘It doesn't address the thorny issue of politely informing him that phubbing is obnoxious.’
    • ‘The top bad tech habit in the UK was found to be phubbing.’


2012 blend of phone and snubbing (from snub); coined by an Australian advertising agency as part of a marketing campaign with the Macquarie Dictionary.