\ ˈchəb How to pronounce chub (audio) \
plural chub or chubs

Definition of chub

1 : any of numerous freshwater cyprinid fishes (as of the genera Gila and Nocomis)
2 : 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 One of the key elements will be the reintroduction of native fish, such as roundtail chub, longfin dace and Gila trout. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2020 For trophy walleye don’t be afraid to rig up creek chub, red-tails, and larger profile baits such as Rippin’ Shads, Rippin’ Raps, and many of the other lipless style baits. Brian Bashore, Outdoor Life, 21 Dec. 2020 Wildlife agencies are funding the pilot program to cull the brown trout population in the Colorado River, in the hopes of keeping the predacious trout from moving downstream and endangering native fish, like the humpback chub. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2020 Lake trout, whitefish, and chub populations began collapsing by the 1940s and 1950s. Jason Treat, Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 Apache trout, spikedace, razorback sucker and the Gila chub. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 31 Oct. 2020 The lake's prey fish work has been done annually since 1973 to monitor species such as alewife, smelt and bloater chub. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2020 The humpback chub helps illustrate Vigil's point that water is living, that the river basin is more than a plumbing system. Judy Fahys, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2020 Opponents decried plans to withdraw water for generating electricity in an area wracked by a long-term drought, and cited its probable threats to the endangered humpback chub, among other ecological impacts. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of chub

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chub

Middle English chubbe

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“Chub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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