- a submarine.
- a substitute.
- a submarine sandwich. See hero sandwich.
- a subcontractor.
- a sublieutenant.
- a subordinate.
- a subaltern.
- British. an advance against one's wages, especially one granted as a subsistence allowance.
- Photography. a substratum.
- to act as a substitute for another.
- Photography. to coat (a film or plate) with a substratum.
Origin of sub
by shortening of words prefixed with sub-
Regional variation note
3. See hero sandwich.
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Examples from the Web for subbed
On the show, she was the epitome of Marilyn Monroe hotness, but subbed loud belches for breathy coos—and then laughed about it.Jenny McCarthy Twerks Out a Stellar ‘The View’ Debut
September 9, 2013
Just as I'm finishing this post, they subbed out Greenland with: "Romney, Cameron Engage in Olympic Games Tiff."The Alternative Universe Where Mitt Romney Is A Cool Guy
July 26, 2012
Course, we was only gettin' our ten per cent., and from some we'd subbed out not even that.The House of Torchy
He subbed as ship's cook when things were slow in his specialty.Contamination Crew
Alan Edward Nourse
So when I went ashore with a couple of dollars I'd subbed from the skipper, I didn't want much to upset me.
That day she was ill, Sue Mason subbed for her; and she probably would again.The Mystery of Arnold Hall
Helen M. Persons
Bustling off in search of Irma, Jerry accosted her with: Who subbed for me to-day at the nursery?Marjorie Dean High School Senior
- (intr) to serve as a substitute
- (intr) informal to act as a substitute (for)
- British informal to grant or receive (an advance payment of wages or salary)
- (tr) informal short for subedit
- (tr) photog to apply a substratum to (a film or plate base)
Word Origin and History for subbed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper