\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Buyers choose from three seat sizes and three backrest angles, and Ferrari bolts the nonadjustable seats right to the tub. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 31 July 2022 Plus, at almost 40 pounds, this ceramic tub is heavy enough to stay upright on windy days. Susan Cosier, WSJ, 29 July 2022 One-bedroom apartments also feature a bath with a dual sink vanity and a tub. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 25 July 2022 Outside on the wooded property are a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi tub. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Some men helped Estrada heave the tub into the back of her 1974 Chevrolet truck. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 Nearby is an outdoor soaking tub, overwater swing and hammock for relaxing, a lakeside fire pit and a paddock for horses. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 The tub features 29 stainless steel multilevel jets that can run continuously or automatically shut off after 15 minutes, as well as lumbar seating with arch support, plus a backlit multicolor LED waterfall. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 20 July 2022 The Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream is a savior for those with dry skin, but just about anyone can indulge in this thick, rich moisturizer, and this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is offering a Grande tub for over $300 off. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 19 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb First responders should place the heat stroke victim in a cold water immersion tub up to their shoulders and make the water as cold as possible with ice. Susan Yeargin, The Conversation, 1 Aug. 2022 First responders should place the heat stroke victim in a cold water immersion tub up to their shoulders and make the water as cold as possible with ice. Susan Yeargin, Chron, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Tub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tub. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tub


\ 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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