\ ˈtəb How to pronounce tub (audio) \

Definition of tub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small round container in which a product is sold a tub of butter
b : a wide low vessel originally formed with wooden staves, round bottom, and hoops
2 : bathtub also : bath
3 : the amount that a tub will hold
4 : an old or slow boat


tubbed; tubbing

Definition of tub (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wash or bathe in a tub
2 : to put or store in a tub

intransitive verb

1 : bathe
2 : to undergo washing

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Other Words from tub


tubful \ ˈtəb-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tubful (audio) \ noun
tublike \ ˈtəb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tublike (audio) \ adjective


tubbable \ ˈtə-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce tubbable (audio) \ adjective
tubber noun

Examples of tub in a Sentence


We let the pans soak overnight in a tub of soapy water. The bathroom has a shower and tub. She ate the whole tub of ice cream.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a bedroom with two queens, a living room with a sleeper couch, a dining area, a half bath at the entry and a sprawling master bath, with two entrances, an over-sized rain shower, soaking tub and a double vanity. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "24 hours at Pechanga: Gambling, eating, pampering and yoga," 29 Apr. 2018 There's also an above-water soaking tub that faces the ocean. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Underwater suite will allow you to watch the fish go by at Maldives resort," 25 Apr. 2018 The master boasts its own sitting area and private fireplace, as well as dual closets and an enormous en-suite bath with soaking tub and seated shower. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Three homes where you can replay your favorite Sixers moments," 24 Apr. 2018 Two weeks before Christmas 2015, Timothy Leonard held his wife’s head under water in a Microtel Inn tub. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Family called her hotel drowning an ‘act of love.’ Now her husband is going to prison. | Charlotte Observer," 21 Feb. 2018 Better still, book a couple's treatment in one of the two private rooms complete with a fireplace, soaking tub and, of course, view of the mountains. Zoe Settle, Town & Country, "What To Do In Telluride This Summer," 18 July 2014 Mary Jarvis and her husband, Bill Tryon, like the tub-art project. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "What $150,000 Buys in California: Five Bathtubs Perched on Giant Stilts," 27 Jan. 2019 Food scraps and trimmings left over from preparing meals are saved in a small, lidded tub or bucket that’s kept on the countertop. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Compost," 4 Jan. 2019 The interior features all of Outside Van’s standard amenities (a marine grade floor, custom wheel tub boxes, full insulation, wall and ceiling paneling, and LED lighting), and two people can sleep on the three-panel bed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with skylights lives large in 100 square feet," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tub


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tub


Middle English tubbe, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German tubbe tub

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The first known use of tub was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of tub

: a wide container used to hold something
: the amount that a tub will hold


\ ˈtəb How to pronounce tub (audio) \

Kids Definition of tub

1 : a wide low container
2 : bathtub
3 : an old or slow boat
4 : the amount that a tub will hold We used a whole tub of margarine.

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