Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

cub

[kuhb]
See more synonyms for cub on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the young of certain animals, as the bear, lion, or tiger.
  2. a young shark.
  3. a young and inexperienced person, especially a callow youth or young man.
  4. a young person serving as an apprentice.
  5. cub reporter.
  6. cub scout.
  7. (initial capital letter) Aeronautics, Trademark. any small, light monoplane with a high wing, a single engine, and an enclosed cabin.
Show More
verb (used without object), cubbed, cub·bing.
  1. to work as a cub reporter.
  2. (of a female bear, lion, tiger, etc.) to give birth to a cub or cubs.
  3. to hunt fox cubs.
Show More

Origin of cub

1520–30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kobbi young seal, kubbr stump, hence, short, thick-set person
Related formscub·bish, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cubbish

Historical Examples

  • Why are we all dull, cubbish, uneducated, hopelessly middle-class .

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker

    Harley Granville-Barker


British Dictionary definitions for cubbish

cub

noun
  1. the young of certain animals, such as the lion, bear, etc
  2. a young or inexperienced person
Show More
verb cubs, cubbing or cubbed
  1. to give birth to (cubs)
Show More
Derived Formscubbish, adjectivecubbishly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old Norse kubbi young seal; see cob 1

Cub

noun
  1. short for Cub Scout
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cubbish

cub

n.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper