[ chuhb ]
/ tʃʌb /

noun, plural (especially collectively) chub, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) chubs.

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.

Nearby words

  1. chu kiang,
  2. chu teh,
  3. chu xi,
  4. chuanchow,
  5. chuang-tzu,
  6. chub mackerel,
  7. chub rub,
  8. chubb,
  9. chubbiness,
  10. chubby

Origin of chub

1400–50; late Middle English chubbe, of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chub


/ (tʃʌb) /

noun plural chub or chubs

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

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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