[ tuhb ]
/ tʌb /


verb (used with object), tubbed, tub·bing.

to place or keep in a tub.
British Informal. to bathe in a bathtub.

verb (used without object), tubbed, tub·bing.

British Informal. to bathe oneself in a bathtub.
Informal. to undergo washing, especially without damage, as a fabric: This cotton print tubs well.

Nearby words

  1. tuart,
  2. tuatara,
  3. tuatha de danann,
  4. tuatha dé danann,
  5. tuatua,
  6. tub chair,
  7. tub-thump,
  8. tub-thumper,
  9. tub-thumping,
  10. tuba

Origin of tub

1350–1400; Middle English tubbe (noun) < Middle Dutch tobbe; cognate with Middle Low German tubbe, tobbe

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British Dictionary definitions for tub


/ (tʌb) /


verb tubs, tubbing or tubbed

British informal to wash (oneself or another) in a tub
(tr) to keep or put in a tub
Derived Formstubbable, adjectivetubber, noun

Word Origin for tub

C14: from Middle Dutch tubbe

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Word Origin and History for tub



"open wooden vessel," late 14c., from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, or Middle Flemish tubbe, of uncertain origin. Related to Old High German zubar "vessel with two handles, wine vessel," German Zuber. Considered to be unrelated to Latin tubus (see tube); one theory connects it to the root of two based on the number of handles. Also 17c. slang for "pulpit;" hence tub-thumper (1660s) "speaker or preacher who thumps the pulpit for emphasis."

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