- a common freshwater fish, Leuciscus cephalus, of European waters, having a thick, fusiform body.
- any of various related fishes.
- any of several unrelated American fishes, especially the tautog and whitefishes of the genus Coregonus, of the Great Lakes.
Origin of chub
1400–50; late Middle English chubbe, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for chub
In these we threw a fly for trout and caught a chub in Androscoggin.
Chub and Ben came trotting in as Springer took his place at the plate.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale</p>
"I'm afraid we've both been stuffing ourselves, Chub," the girl replied.Policeman Bluejay</p>
L. Frank Baum
A chub was taken in the Bain, in 1898, with the spoon-bait, weighing 4lb.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
“And the great jack and chub and tench we used to fish out,” said Uncle Bob.Patience Wins
George Manville Fenn
- a common European freshwater cyprinid game fish, Leuciscus (or Squalius) cephalus, having a cylindrical dark greenish body
- any of various North American fishes, esp certain whitefishes and minnows
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for chub
type of river fish, mid-15c., chubbe, of unknown origin. In Europe, a kind of carp; in U.S., the black bass.
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