\ 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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Those cubs could be a voice for a new generation learning to coexist with nature in an era of climate change. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot," 10 July 2019 First, a giant bear entered the matriarch's red Prius, followed by its cubs scooting in to explore the vehicle. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "You've Got to Watch This Hilarious Video of a Bear and Its Cub Trespassing a Family's Car in Gatlinburg," 10 July 2019 Another Castle Pines resident found the bear dead Thursday at the base of a tree , with two of her cubs waiting in the branches above her. Ryan Osborne, The Denver Post, "Castle Pines resident killed bear over concerns it was trying to enter home, CPW says," 30 June 2019 Tigers are often speed-bred so that cubs are always available for tourists to snuggle. Kelli Bender,, "Neglectful Sanctuaries and Poached Animals: New Report Reveals the Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism," 7 June 2019 Sanjiv arrived at the Topeka Zoo in August 2017 from a zoo in Akron, Ohio, and has fathered four cubs. Washington Post, "Topeka Zoo: Protocols weren’t followed before tiger attack," 7 June 2019 This cub’s father, Tai Lung, is a first-time father. Robin Goist,, "Snow leopard cub born at Akron Zoo," 5 June 2019 The trio also proved pivotal to the film's plot, bungling two attempts to kill off lion cub Simba. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'The Lion King' turns 25: Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin showed teeth as hilarious hyenas," 23 Nov. 2018 Montana wildlife officials said a hunter shot and killed a female grizzly bear Wednesday and wounded her cub that was later euthanized in self-defense. Fox News, "Hunter in Montana kills grizzly bear, injures cub in self-defense, officials say," 28 Sep. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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