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


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

Examples of tub in a Sentence

Noun 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 Once the grill is cool, remove all the grates and flavorizer bars and totally submerge them into a tub of warm, soapy water. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 23 Apr. 2021 Pour cold water into your tub, just enough to provide a shallow basin. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "All the Ways Ice Baths Can Benefit Physical Wellness, According to Orthopedic Experts," 31 Mar. 2021 Kind of like my Rubbermaid tub of all my game clothes. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Zeke Smith reflects on being outed as trans on the show," 5 Mar. 2021 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers suites as well as connecting rooms for larger groups and families, and their 2,000-square-foot Riverhouse Suite is famous for its stone soaking tub. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, "Brooklyn Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Interior features include a chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and soapstone countertops and a master wing with a steam shower, two water closets, dual vanities and a Jacuzzi tub. Robyn A. Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "One of the largest penthouses in Hillsboro Beach listed for $3.85 million," 12 Apr. 2021 The primary suite offers a balcony and a spa-like bathroom with a standalone tub. Dallas News, "Preston Hollow home held open for first time on April 11," 11 Apr. 2021 The bathroom is outfitted with a clawfoot tub, and there is a small kitchenette area that is perfect for basic cooking. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Renovated Barn Has Amazing Views of New York's Catskills — and Even More Amazing Interior Design," 27 Mar. 2021 Fill a small tub with about 1 gallon of warm water. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Sweat Stains From White Shirts — And Everything Else," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Tub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tub. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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