\ˈkəb \

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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And panic could explain the dangerous route the mother bear and her cub took in that viral video. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "That adorable baby bear clip captures the dark side of wildlife videos," 6 Nov. 2018 And at its core Mid90s is just an animal kingdom film—this young cub rising his way through this animal kingdom. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Jonah Hill Talks About His Powerful New Coming-Of-Age Film Mid90s, And Why He’s Glad We Don’t Stay 13 Forever," 17 Oct. 2018 The male tiger cub appeared to be three or four months old, officials said. Fox News, "Live tiger left inside duffel bag by smugglers trying to cross Rio Grande into US, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 Nine of the cubs were put down by the zoo, while two died from natural causes. Saryn Chorney,, "Swedish Zoo Admits to Killing Nine Healthy Young Lions, Calling Them 'Surplus'," 12 Jan. 2018 Females have litters of one to four cubs, which are born blind and helpless. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "These Are the First Jaguars Born in This Argentinian Wetland in Over a Century," 11 June 2018 Five-month-old mountain lion cubs Toro (left), Coloma and Silverado relax in a hammock at the Oakland Zoo. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit," 6 May 2018 The zoo’s Instagram page has nearly 700,000 followers, who follow the photos and videos of Limbani, plus the white lion cubs, baby otters and other animals that make their home at the 5-acre Zoological Wildlife Foundation near the Everglades. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "This chimp’s best friend is 140 pounds of puppy love," 9 Feb. 2018 The cub was sedated and packed into a plastic container, inspectors said. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 7, 2018," 7 Feb. 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


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Kids Definition of cub

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

2 : cub scout

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