\ 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

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Mother and cubs are at the zoo’s Asian cats habitat in Panda Canyon. Bradley J. Fikes,, "San Diego Zoo breeds critically endangered leopards, producing 2 cubs," 1 June 2018 The officer made news in 2015 for his help in rescuing a bear cub whose head got stuck inside a plastic protein powder bottle. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Colorado Springs police officer critically injured in shooting, gunman also shot," 3 Aug. 2018 The largest and most popular exhibit belonged to three playful bear cubs (a fourth looked down from the upper branches of a pine tree). Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Mei Xiang, who is turning 20 this month, has given birth to three surviving cubs: Tai Shan, Bao Bao and Bei Bei. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "National Zoo's giant panda experiencing "pseudopregnancy," zoo says," 5 July 2018 The researchers found that female cubs that received extended parenting survived their second year of life. National Geographic, "Bears Are Caring for Their Cubs Longer in Response to Hunting," 28 Mar. 2018 But Moka will find another tiger cub at the sanctuary waiting for him. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Permanent home found for smuggled tiger cub Moka," 14 May 2018 My daughter has chocolate smeared all around her face, like a lion cub at the carcass. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Mum’s the Word," 4 June 2017 The zoo’s female jaguar, Ix Chel, who had given birth to five cubs, was euthanized in September because of kidney failure. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "New Orleans zoo returns jaguar in strengthened exhibit," 5 Feb. 2019

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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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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