\ ˈkəb How to pronounce cub (audio) \

Definition of cub

1a : a young carnivorous mammal (such as a bear, fox, or lion)
b : a young shark
2 : a young person
3 : apprentice especially : an inexperienced newspaper reporter

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Examples of cub in a Sentence

the kind of big story that can propel a cub reporter into the stratosphere of the newspaper world assigned to teach a bunch of young cubs how to play baseball
Recent Examples on the Web Residents of a Newbury Park neighborhood had an unexpected visitor in their yards overnight: a wandering black bear cub. Melissa Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 A few months later, firefighters in Scotland freed a fox cub from a rusty wheel with cutting equipment. Rachel Trent, CNN, 12 June 2021 Still, officials say people shouldn't encourage bears to go near them even if a bear cub appears friendly—mainly for the bears' own safety. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2021 Captured as a cub by a hunting party in 1951, Mohan was bred to an orange tiger and then to his daughter from that breeding. Azzedine Downes, Scientific American, 22 June 2021 Over the past two decades, DeRusha matured from WCCO-TV cub reporter to morning anchor as Minnesotans watched. Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 In 2016, a polar bear cub named Nora arrived at the Oregon Zoo, to be paired with an older bear named Tasul to provide companionship for Tasul and socialization for Nora. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2021 Last summer, the staff received a young male cub from Redding whose paws had been badly burned in a fire. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 An off-duty deputy nearly shot him before someone scooped up the 175-pound cub and drove off. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of cub

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cub

probably akin to Middle English cobbe leader of a group, head — more at cob

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23 Jul 2021

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“Cub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cub

: a young animal that eats meat


\ ˈkəb How to pronounce cub (audio) \

Kids Definition of cub

1 : the young of various animals (as the bear, fox, or lion)
2 : cub scout

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