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cub

[kuhb] /kʌb/
noun
1.
the young of certain animals, as the bear, lion, or tiger.
2.
a young shark.
3.
a young and inexperienced person, especially a callow youth or young man.
4.
a young person serving as an apprentice.
6.
7.
(initial capital letter) Trademark. Aeronautics. any small, light monoplane with a high wing, a single engine, and an enclosed cabin.
verb (used without object), cubbed, cubbing.
8.
to work as a cub reporter.
9.
(of a female bear, lion, tiger, etc.) to give birth to a cub or cubs.
10.
to hunt fox cubs.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kobbi young seal, kubbr stump, hence, short, thick-set person
Related forms
cubbish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cub bed

cub

/kʌb/
noun
1.
the young of certain animals, such as the lion, bear, etc
2.
a young or inexperienced person
verb cubs, cubbing, cubbed
3.
to give birth to (cubs)
Derived Forms
cubbish, adjective
cubbishly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Old Norse kubbi young seal; see cob1

Cub

/kʌb/
noun
1.
short for Cub Scout
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Word Origin and History for cub bed
cub
1530, cubbe "young fox," perhaps from O.Ir. cuib "whelp," or from O.N. kobbi "seal." Extended to the young of bears, lions, etc., after 1596. Cub Scout is from 1922.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cub bed

cub 1

modifier

: a cub reporter/ cub professor

noun
  1. A novice reporter (1890s+ Newspaper office)
  2. Any novice or apprentice (1840+)

[fr cub, ''the young of certain animals'']


cub 2

noun

A room or dwelling; pad: Let's go to my cub

[first form 1546+, second 1860s+; origin uncertain; related to Low German of the same meaning; the 1500s form refers to an animal's stall or shed; these senses are preserved more often in black English than in standard English]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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