- 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
1520–30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kobbi young seal, kubbr stump, hence, short, thick-set person
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Why are we all dull, cubbish, uneducated, hopelessly middle-class .Three Plays by Granville-Barker
- the young of certain animals, such as the lion, bear, etc
- a young or inexperienced person
- to give birth to (cubs)
C16: perhaps from Old Norse kubbi young seal; see cob 1
- short for Cub Scout
Word Origin and History for cubbish
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.
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