\ 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

Seiches don't need strength to form, tiny version are created every time water is splashed against the back of a tub. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019 This also means that the various objects—a rubber duck, a model boat, and an umbrella—that Mary threw into the tub went down the slide as well, and someone caught them on the other side. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Mary Poppins Returns' Behind-the-Scenes Secret Has Everyone Freaking Out," 15 Jan. 2019 Massage Your Favorite Night Cream: Palvin dips her finger into the tub of Giorgio Armani's Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream face cream and dabs the moisturizer onto her face. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Barbara Palvin's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 28 Mar. 2019 Their biggest sales are as high as 70% off (!!) major appliances, bathroom faucets, sinks and tubs. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Wayfair is Having a Massive Home Renovation Sale Right Now," 7 Mar. 2019 The crew members will sit with clients and go over their possessions — weapons, drugs and alcohol are among things not allowed — then put them into a plastic tub that will be stored in the back. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Storage center for homeless opens in Sherman Heights," 12 June 2018 The proof is widespread, with editors and showgoers lifting the unspoken ban on tubs of high-shine formula to create swooping bangs and sculpted center parts during the last leg of fashion month’s odyssey. Vogue, "Hair Product Is Alive and Well on the Streets at Paris Fashion Week," 4 Mar. 2019 Join the queue for a small tub of soya: barely sweet, custard-soft tofu that satisfies, variously, as a dessert, an appetizer, a palate-cleanser, or a digestif. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Team co-owner Brian Belardi said the tub of the No. Indianapolis Star, "James Davison crash puts No. 33 car on bubble for Bump Day," 18 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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