\ 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

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 Instead, press garments against the edge of the tub to get rid of excess water. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "At-Home Dry Cleaning Hacks That Will Save Your Clothes and Your Money," 4 May 2020 Even in plastic tubs, the sides carried their weight, from creamy and spicy Mexican corn to brisk purple cole slaw to the shops’s signature creamy mac and cheese fortified with crunchy chicharrones. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s restaurant takeout stars: 2M Smokehouse, Clementine and Pasha shine during the coronavirus crisis," 23 Apr. 2020 With water scarce, parishioners are instead baptized in tubs of warm soda. Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "Chelsea Bieker distills the fire and fury of the parched Central Valley," 6 Apr. 2020 One wall features a Buddha statue, soaking in some sort of tub with mountains and orangey red puffy clouds in the background. David Williams, CNN, "A mischievous kitten revealed an undiscovered mural after scratching up wallpaper," 25 Mar. 2020 After working long hours, her husband, Dr. Craig Manifold, a medical director for several local EMS providers, leaves his shoes in the entryway, along with everything in his pockets, and puts his clothes in a red tub. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Protecting family from spread of coronovirus chief concern of San Antonio woman," 27 Apr. 2020 Live fish in open tubs splash water all over the floor. Frank Miles, Fox News, "China's wet markets can include these bizarre, unusual items," 11 Apr. 2020 Days — like weeks’ worth of rainwater gathering in one tub — wash into each other, becoming a single soak of contemplation. Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas writers are embracing their newfound solitude ... and singing to their cats," 5 Apr. 2020 Instead there will be outdoor baths in tubs hewn out of rock in view of distant rice terraces shimmering neat and domestic as putting greens, giving on to wild forests full of parrots and wood pigeons fat as ducks calling from banyan trees. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "At Bali's COMO Shambhala, Skip the Wellness Fads in Favor of a True Reboot," 16 Nov. 2019

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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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tub. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce tub (audio)

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
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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