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noun
  1. a bathtub.
  2. a broad, round, open, wooden container, usually made of staves held together by hoops and fitted around a flat bottom.
  3. any of various containers resembling or suggesting a tub: a tub for washing clothes.
  4. the amount a tub will hold.
  5. Informal. a short and fat person.
  6. Nautical. an old, slow, or clumsy vessel.
  7. British Informal. a bath in a bathtub.
  8. Mining. an ore car; tram.
  9. Military Slang. a two-seat aircraft, especially a trainer.
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verb (used with object), tubbed, tub·bing.
  1. to place or keep in a tub.
  2. British Informal. to bathe in a bathtub.
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verb (used without object), tubbed, tub·bing.
  1. British Informal. to bathe oneself in a bathtub.
  2. Informal. to undergo washing, especially without damage, as a fabric: This cotton print tubs well.
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Origin of tub

1350–1400; Middle English tubbe (noun) < Middle Dutch tobbe; cognate with Middle Low German tubbe, tobbe
Related formstub·ba·ble, adjectivetub·ber, nountub·like, adjectiveun·der·tub, nounun·tubbed, adjective
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tub

noun
  1. a low wide open container, typically round, originally one made of wood and used esp for washing: now made of wood, plastic, metal, etc, and used in a variety of domestic and industrial situations
  2. a small plastic or cardboard container of similar shape for ice cream, margarine, etc
  3. Also called: bathtub another word (esp US and Canadian) for bath 1 (def. 1)
  4. Also called: tubful the amount a tub will hold
  5. a clumsy slow boat or ship
  6. informal (in rowing) a heavy wide boat used for training novice oarsmen
  7. Also called: tram, hutch
    1. a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine
    2. a container for lifting coal or ore up a mine shaft; skip
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verb tubs, tubbing or tubbed
  1. British informal to wash (oneself or another) in a tub
  2. (tr) to keep or put in a tub
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Derived Formstubbable, adjectivetubber, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Middle Dutch tubbe
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Word Origin and History for tub

n.

"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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