Definition of cub in English:


Syllabification: cub
Pronunciation: /kəb


1The young of a fox, bear, lion, or other carnivorous mammal.
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  • Young tiger and lion cubs are passed amongst large groups of people so they can have a ‘cute’ photo taken with a fluffy animal.
  • How does a female tiger protect her young cubs amid the sometimes violent attentions of three male suitors?
  • Over the years, some 400 pets have called the White House home, ranging from bear cubs, snakes, and a hyena, to cats and cows.
(cubs)young, offspring, pups
archaic whelps
1.1 archaic A young man, especially one who is awkward or ill-mannered.
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  • There were three of us at infant school, cubs who were always playing together - Mark, Chris and me.
  • It is veteran versus tyro, wily old fox against bristling young cub, a man who has done it all against a boy who threatens to do it all.
  • Five cubs - most of the small village's complement of kids - were standing half-hidden beside the tent, staring at me.

verb (cubs, cubbing, cubbed)

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Give birth to cubs: both share the same earth during the first ten days after cubbing
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  • After observing the autumn cubbing and seeing the unrequited cruelty of the killing of innocents and following the trail of devastation, the sooner they are dealt with the better.
  • There were no paw prints and no fresh scat, nothing at all to indicate that a cougar had cubbed in these hills that summer.


mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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