follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

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

cub.

1.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for cub
  • The cub comes across five native americans one day, and the shewolf comes to his rescue.
British Dictionary definitions for cub

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

Cub Scout

noun
1.
a member of a junior branch (for those aged 8–11 years) of the Scout Association
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cub
n.

1520s, cubbe "young fox," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Irish cuib "whelp," or from Old Norse kobbi "seal." Extended to the young of bears, lions, etc., after 1590s. The native word was whelp. Cub Scout is from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for cub

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cub

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cub

7
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with cub

Nearby words for cub