\ 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

Gathered before him is a large plastic tub of belongings, two plastic bags of clothes stacked in a laundry bin, and an oversized stereo boom box, accounting for essentially all the worldly possessions McKenzie brought to Buffalo. John Wawrow, The Denver Post, "Bills’ Isaiah McKenzie is all packed up, but hoping to stay," 27 Aug. 2019 The master bath has double sinks and a tub with shower. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Ranch-style home available in Fulshear; open Aug. 25, 12-2 p.m.," 24 Aug. 2019 When Hartford region residents turn on their faucets or showers, many may not realize that much of the water flows into their sinks and tubs from the sleepy town of Barkhamsted in the Litchfield County hills. John Torsiello, courant.com, "80-year-old architectural marvel at Barkhamsted Reservoir is also a lovely picnic spot," 4 Aug. 2019 When each shift of migrants had finished eating—a good meal of frijoles and some kind of stew, with salsa and hot fresh tortillas on the side—the volunteers soaped dishes in a plastic tub, while the next batch waited outside on the sidewalk. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 The vaulted ceiling continues into the master bathroom, which also features two separate sinks and a modern freestanding tub. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A $1.3M transitional-style home in Westfield with nearly panoramic golf course view," 7 June 2019 Raw shea butter is often put into cheap, plastic tubs. Baze Mpinja, Vogue, "This Ghanaian-American Entrepreneur Started a Shea Butter Business Inspired by Her Mom," 10 May 2019 Some families prefer an old suitcase or plastic tub stored under a bed or in a closet, Judge says. Melissa Kossler Dutton, The Seattle Times, "Wildfire haze is good reminder to update your go-bag. Here’s how," 21 Aug. 2018 Employee washed plastic tub without sanitizing. | Employee properly sanitized. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: Chinese restaurant tops list with 12 violations for the week," 30 May 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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