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noun, plural (especially collectively) chub, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) chubs.
  1. a common freshwater fish, Leuciscus cephalus, of European waters, having a thick, fusiform body.
  2. any of various related fishes.
  3. any of several unrelated American fishes, especially the tautog and whitefishes of the genus Coregonus, of the Great Lakes.
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Origin of chub

1400–50; late Middle English chubbe, of obscure origin
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Historical Examples of chub

  • In these we threw a fly for trout and caught a chub in Androscoggin.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862


  • Chub and Ben came trotting in as Springer took his place at the plate.

  • "I'm afraid we've both been stuffing ourselves, Chub," the girl replied.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum

  • A chub was taken in the Bain, in 1898, with the spoon-bait, weighing 4lb.

  • “And the great jack and chub and tench we used to fish out,” said Uncle Bob.

    Patience Wins

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for chub


noun plural chub or chubs
  1. a common European freshwater cyprinid game fish, Leuciscus (or Squalius) cephalus, having a cylindrical dark greenish body
  2. any of various North American fishes, esp certain whitefishes and minnows
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Word Origin for chub

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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