plural chub or chubs
: any of numerous freshwater cyprinid fishes (as of the genera Gila and Nocomis)
: any of several marine or freshwater fishes (such as the tautog) that are not cyprinids

Examples of chub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mackinaws feed almost exclusively on smaller fish like perch, chubs, suckers and other trout. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Today, however, four of those fish—the humpback chub, the Colorado pikeminnow, the razorback sucker, and the bonytail—are federally listed as threatened or endangered. WIRED, 4 Nov. 2023 Lake Powell commandeered the Colorado’s payloads of silt and stymied natural floods, erasing channels and backwaters where chubs and suckers once spawned and reared. WIRED, 4 Nov. 2023 Now, biologists realized, neither the canyon nor its chub were safe. WIRED, 4 Nov. 2023 Grand Canyon National Park has seen a resurgence of humpback chubs pre-bass invasion, enough that they were downgraded from endangered to threatened. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2023 Not long ago, biologists feared that smallmouths that escaped Lake Powell—an impoundment of the Colorado River—would establish in the Grand Canyon and quickly wipe out native and endangered species like the humpback chub. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 The team also caught a dozen bluegill sunfish, seven largemouth bass, a single creek chub and four hybrid green and pumpkinseed sunfish. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2023 The Green River’s humpback chub and Colorado pikeminnow made the roster. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English chubbe

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chub was in the 15th century

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“Chub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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