\ˈtəb \

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 \ noun
tublike \ˈtəb-​ˌlīk \ adjective


tubbable \ˈtə-​bə-​bəl \ 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

On waterways like the Carrao River, a tributary of which cascades over the falls, gold hunters huddle onto rafts to scoop silt into tubs before lacing it with mercury to draw out tiny quantities of gold. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 There were also tips about where to buy cheap baby bath tubs, and how to situate pillows for their growing body’s aches and pains. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 Walk in showers are typically glass and have no curb or tub to step over in order to get in. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Walk-In Showers," 25 Oct. 2018 Spacious rooms come with fireplaces, leather chairs, Frette linens, and whirlpool tubs, while bungalows and villas on a hillside have private gardens or vineyard views. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Florida resident Karyl Niemi suggested using a pot cover to make sure your bath tub drain stays sealed. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence household hacks go viral ahead of major storm," 13 Sep. 2018 The Preacher Suite—named for a preacher and his wife who once lived in the mansion and hosted church services for locals—features a king-size bed, a beautiful clawfoot tub, and dreamy bay windows. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Without hesitation, Morgan grabs the second python and wrangles it into the plastic tub. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "81-year-old grandma yanks pythons from grill at request of concerned family," 31 Aug. 2018 The fencing was shredded, and Wickens’ car was reduced to just the tub, which came to a rest on the track along an interior wall. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "IndyCar rallies together in wake of Wickens’ accident," 20 Aug. 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 \

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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