\ 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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Premiering June 7, the sequel includes a secret mission to rescue a white tiger cub at the circus. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Star-Studded Cast of 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Has Surprising Additions," 13 May 2019 Rescued as a cub after his mama was tragically shot, Boo was too young to fend for himself in the wild; however, the refuge took him in and has cared for him ever since, providing him with ample space to roam, play, and feed. Sunset, "5 Reasons Golden, B.C. Is a Summertime Must," 22 Jan. 2018 Soon, one little cub distinguishes herself from the rest with her climbing and hunting abilities. Cristela Guerra,, "New Hampshire’s ‘bear whisperer’ works his magic with pandas," 30 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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