Definition of cub in English:

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Pronunciation: /kʌb/


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.
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)

[no object]
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.



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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.


Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with cub

blub, bub, chub, Chubb, club, drub, dub, flub, grub, hub, nub, pub, rub, scrub, shrub, slub, snub, stub, sub, tub

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