\ 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

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 The two of them eventually established a personal as well as professional relationship that centered on a young ocelot cub that probably would not have survived without their aid. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022 An accompanying video showed the brown cub frolicking down a grassy hill. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 The Polar Bear was just a cub in October 2000, only five years old when the Yankees danced on the lawn at Shea Stadium after winning their third title in a row. New York Times, 28 July 2022 The youngster in this case is a leopard cub named Leo, who gets a pen for his birthday. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 In one of the pictures, her husband is photographed posing beside her holding their little cub in the air. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 23 Aug. 2022 The girl was the firstborn cub, followed by the two boys. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 30 June 2022 The sheriff's office said the bear was an adult female, and one cub was seen running off as the bear ran toward the home. CBS News, 23 May 2022 The bear, identified by authorities as an adult female, appeared to have a cub, which was seen running off as the bear charged the house. Joseph Bonheim, CNN, 22 May 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Cub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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\ 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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