noun Informal.

lubrication, especially an application of a lubricant to a vehicle.

verb (used with object), lubed, lub·ing.

to lubricate: to lube a bicycle chain.

Nearby words

  1. lubber's knot,
  2. lubber's line,
  3. lubberly,
  4. lubbock,
  5. lubbock, sir john,
  6. lubish,
  7. lubitsch,
  8. lubitsch, ernst,
  9. lublin,
  10. lubra

Origin of lube

by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for lube


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper