Definition of cub in English:

cub

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Pronunciation: /kʌb
 
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noun

1The young of a fox, bear, lion, or other carnivorous mammal: she was as protective as a tiger with her cubs a fox cub
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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.
Synonyms
baby
archaic whelp
(cubs)young, offspring
1.1 archaic A young man, especially one who is awkward or bad-mannered: his sons are as yet mere cubs
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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.
2 (Cubs) A junior branch of the Scout Association, for boys aged about 8 to 11: she tells an anecdote about his wanting to join the Cubs
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  • The teenager had progressed through the Cubs and Scouts to become a Venture Scout.
  • From 7pm Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides from the York area will take to the stage for the gang show.
  • Kirsty Wark popped in from her house across the road while her weans were out at the Brownies and the Cubs.
2.1 (also Cub Scout) A member of the Cubs: I was a Cub and already impatient to move up to the Scouts
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  • Two pupils from the academy died during a Cub Scout trip to Yorkshire.
  • A Cub Scout is stepping out in tribute to a younger member of his group.
  • Literal stargazing is even rarer for radio astronomers, who are often hard put to identify even the most common constellations; a radio astronomer asked to test a Cub Scout for his Stargazer badge is a worried astronomer indeed!

verb (cubs, cubbing, cubbed)

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1Give 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.
2Hunt fox cubs: members of the Grafton Hunt were out cubbing
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  • Of course the Hunts have been out cubbing - sorry, training the hounds - for some time, but the opening meets seem to have passed off well, as far as I have heard.
  • At a country-house dinner in Wiltshire, my hunting friends tell me the cubbing is fantastic this year.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

cubhood

noun
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  • He was better fitted for the life than the other dogs, for he had the training of his cubhood to guide him.
  • Consequently, he spent most of his cubhood eating bamboo in China.
  • Trace the growth of these beautiful and ferocious striped felines from cubhood through adulthood and learn how they hunt, raise their young, and get along with other tigers.

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