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noun Informal.
  1. lubricant.
  2. lubrication, especially an application of a lubricant to a vehicle.
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verb (used with object), lubed, lub·ing.
  1. to lubricate: to lube a bicycle chain.
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Origin of lube

by shortening
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Word Origin and History for lube

1934, colloquial shortening of lubrication. As a verb (short for lubricate) recorded from 1961.

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