\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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Sirochman, the facility's manager, said the cub's burns were severe. CBS News, "Orphaned bear cub rescued after paws are scorched in Colorado wildfire," 29 June 2018 The day of the eagle encounter, the big bear was feeding on some grass high on a cliff for about five minutes when both bear and boat passengers saw a bald eagle nest just below the sow and the cubs. Anchorage Daily News, "Katmai National Park drama: Bear vs. Eagles," 16 June 2018 The recovered cub was named Moka and is now at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, reported the Sacramento Bee. Mariah Haas,, "Federal Agents Find Baby Tiger Stuffed Inside a Duffle Bag Left on the Mexican Border," 1 May 2018 Until that point, most things in the lives of the cubs — two sets of brothers — hadn’t been so. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Oakland Zoo doubles size, welcomes native wolves, bears and other California wildlife," 20 June 2018 Gideon was a black bear cub that looked like a cross between a human and dog. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 The cubs, who have yet to be named, are expected to be unveiled to the public toward the end of summer. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Woodland Park Zoo offers early peek at newborn red pandas," 26 June 2018 Alaska Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the agency was investigating to determine whether the bear attack was predatory or a defensive action, such as to guard bear cubs or a food source like a dead moose. Washington Post, "Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hiker," 21 June 2018 The carcasses of 8 cubs and three lionesses, all from the same pride, were found scattered in the fishing village of Hamukungu, in southwest Uganda, last week, according to Uganda's Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. Radina Gigova, CNN, "11 lions are killed in a suspected poison attack, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts," 16 Apr. 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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