- the young of certain animals, as the bear, lion, or tiger.
- a young shark.
- a young and inexperienced person, especially a callow youth or young man.
- a young person serving as an apprentice.
- cub reporter.
- cub scout.
- (initial capital letter) Aeronautics, Trademark. any small, light monoplane with a high wing, a single engine, and an enclosed cabin.
- to work as a cub reporter.
- (of a female bear, lion, tiger, etc.) to give birth to a cub or cubs.
- to hunt fox cubs.
Origin of cub
Examples from the Web for cub
Straight people have discovered, and co-opted, the gay “bear” and “cub.”How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’
November 12, 2014
The end is here, but for cub detective Henry Palace, there is still one more case to solve—that of his missing sister.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
If true, the cub would be named 100 days after the birth, as the Chinese tradition goes.The Week in Weird: A Skyscraper Missing Elevators, ‘Frankenfish’ & More
August 9, 2013
One mother had an alarm go off on her phone saying it was time to take her boy to a Cub Scout meeting.Sandy Hook, Connecticut: A Small Town Devastated
Eliza Shapiro, Matthew Zeitlin
December 15, 2012
At what point can you tell that the “cub” has graduated to a more mature sexual persona?Queen of the Cougars
Ezrha Jean Black
August 12, 2011
As he spoke he glared at her as a lion might glare at thought of being defeated by a cub.Southern Lights and Shadows
But there were other forces at work in the cub, the greatest of which was growth.
Midway in the passage, the current picked up the cub and swept him downstream.
The cub experienced another access of affection on the part of his mother.
The cub, who had thus received a name in the world, lay and watched.
- the young of certain animals, such as the lion, bear, etc
- a young or inexperienced person
- to give birth to (cubs)
- short for Cub Scout
Word Origin and History for cub
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.