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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
Recent Examples on the Web Horn once hand-fed a white lion cub born prematurely, starting with an eyedropper. Washington Post, "Get our Coronavirus Updates newsletter," 9 May 2020 At its core is a trio of cops sent to retrieve a lion cub stolen from a traveling circus by a local teen. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘The Good Fight’ and ‘Les Misérables’," 10 Apr. 2020 Joe was arrested in 2018 and found guilty of 19 counts, included attempted murder for hire of Baskin, killing five tigers and the selling of lion and tiger cubs. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Gimme, gimme more roar: 'Tiger King' aftershow episode to feature interviews with stars," 9 Apr. 2020 Ultimately, tigers are big money makers, especially tiger cubs. Popular Science, "‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade," 8 Apr. 2020 Exotic’s business partner and new GW Zoo owner Lowe is accused of sneaking tiger cubs into parties in Las Vegas. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "What You Should Know Before (Finally) Jumping On The Tiger King Train," 1 Apr. 2020 Guests got hands-on experiences with the wildlife, such as tiger-cub petting sessions. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "I Clicked and Seven Hours Passed: Netflix’s “Tiger King”," 26 Mar. 2020 Researchers have also found a 50,000-year-old cave lion cub, 42,000-year-old foal, a 32,000-year-old steppe wolf, a 34,000-year-old woolly rhino, and a 9,000-year-old bison. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Bird Froze 46,000 Years Ago. Now, It Can Tell Scientists About the Last Ice Age," 24 Feb. 2020 One of the popular draws of Stark's nonprofit organization is the opportunity to play with animals that are normally behind cages in zoos — such as tiger cubs. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "A controversial wildlife facility might lose its animals. Here's what you need to know," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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4 Jun 2020

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“Cub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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)

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