\ 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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The adult female bear was killed and the 2-year-old cub was wounded and had to be put down. Fox News, "Hunter in Montana kills grizzly bear, injures cub in self-defense, officials say," 28 Sep. 2018 Suggest your child becomea cub reporter by starting a family newsletter or help them start a diary or journal. Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.d., miamiherald, "Bake cookies. Head to the library. Ways to keep your child's brain sharp during the summer," 27 June 2018 The earnest cub reporter from Massachusetts had an urgent question for his New Jersey newspaper editor. Kevin Riordan,, "New Jersey's county freeholders come and go. But the title of freeholder should stay | Kevin Riordan," 5 June 2018 In the spring of 1980, less than a year out of college, Peter King took a job as a cub sports reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Tim Rohan,, "King‘s Tale: An Oral History of Peter King," 29 May 2018 This gorgeous 2mo old cub gets a second chance at life. Mariah Haas,, "Federal Agents Find Baby Tiger Stuffed Inside a Duffle Bag Left on the Mexican Border," 1 May 2018 The five-month-old cougar cub was too young to return to the wild, according to the AP's Knickermeyer. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Wildlife Burned in California Fires Get Fish Skin Bandages," 24 Jan. 2018 The 5-month-old cub was brought to the Lions, Tigers and Bears animal rescue in Alpine, California on Dec. 22, and is adjusting well to her new home. Marie Simoneaux,, "Showing signs of neglect, white tiger cub seized from New Orleans area: report," 7 Jan. 2018 Musselman and Wade said their menu will include a variety of wings, the Papa hamburger (named after Ernest Hemingway, who had a six-and-half month stint as a Star cub reporter), and vegetarian items. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Coming to the Crossroads: a bar with volleyball courts, ping-pong tables," 18 June 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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