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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cub
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cub reporter
Cub Scout
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
lion
▪ I crept up to my first victim in the same way as I imagine a lion cub stalks it first wildebeest - clumsily.
reporter
▪ He felt like a cub reporter.
▪ When he left school, he joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter in 1917.
scout
▪ He had often watched the cub scouts playing rounders on the beach.
▪ I've no interest in cub scouts.
▪ There was the red-haired cub scout who liked talking about his badges.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Cub/Brownie pack
▪ Although she lived a long way from the town, she seldom missed Brownie Pack Meeting.
▪ Brenda looked forward eagerly to the arrival of the Brownie Pack.
▪ Several schools also had a Wolf Cub pack, many of which excelled in sports meetings against other Wolf Cub packs.
▪ She also helped at a Brownie Pack and was a volunteer mini-bus driver for children with special needs.
▪ She was poor but proud, and the 1st Shadwell Brownie Pack had to be rather careful what they did for her.
the Cub Scouts
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a seal cub
▪ The older bears will teach the cub how bears are supposed to behave in the wild.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I have known a fox earth populated with a family of cubs while small rabbits were running around on the surface nearby.
▪ It is more likely that the white ear spots are there as a signal to cubs following their dam in thick jungle.
▪ Lionesses lick their cubs into shape and life.
▪ The cubs, all between three and seven weeks old, have been found orphaned or abandoned over the last few weeks.
▪ The most recent estimates suggest that Britain has a population of about 250,000 adult badgers and 105,000 cubs.
▪ There inside the den was the first of the cubs.
▪ We saw her bury her cubs.
▪ You know, wash a car with one hand and feed a bottle to a tiger cub with the other.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cub

Cub \Cub\ (k[u^]b), n. [Cf. Ir. cuib cub, whelp, young dog, Ir. & Gael. cu dog; akin to E. hound.]

  1. A young animal, esp. the young of the bear.

  2. Jocosely or in contempt, a boy or girl, esp. an awkward, rude, ill-mannered boy.

    O, thou dissembling cub! what wilt thou be When time hath sowed a grizzle on thy case?
    --Shak.

Cub

Cub \Cub\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cubbed (k[u^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cubbing.] To bring forth; -- said of animals, or in contempt, of persons. ``Cubb'd in a cabin.''
--Dryden.

Cub

Cub \Cub\, n. [Cf. Cub a young animal.]

  1. A stall for cattle. [Obs.]

    I would rather have such . . . .in cub or kennel than in my closet or at my table.
    --Landor.

  2. A cupboard. [Obs.]
    --Laud.

Cub

Cub \Cub\, v. t. To shut up or confine. [Obs.]
--Burton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
cub

1520s, cubbe "young fox," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Irish cuib "whelp," or from Old Norse kobbi "seal." Extended to the young of bears, lions, etc., after 1590s. The native word was whelp. Cub Scout is from 1922.

Wiktionary
cub

Etymology 1 n. 1 A young fox. 2 (context by extension English) The young of certain other animals, including the bear, wolf, lion and tiger. 3 (context humorous or derogatory English) A child, especially an awkward, rude, ill-mannered boy. 4 (context obsolete English) A stall for cattle. 5 (context obsolete English) A cupboard. vb. 1 To give birth to cubs 2 To hunt fox cubs 3 (context obsolete English) To shut up or confine.

WordNet
cub
  1. n. an awkward and inexperienced youth [syn: greenhorn, rookie]

  2. a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy) [syn: lad, laddie, sonny, sonny boy]

  3. the young of certain carnivorous mammals such as the bear or wolf or lion [syn: young carnivore]

  4. [also: cubbing, cubbed]

cub
  1. v. give birth to cubs; "bears cub every year"

  2. [also: cubbing, cubbed]

Wikipedia
Cub

A cub is the young of certain large predatory animals such as bears and big cats; analogous to a domestic puppy or kitten.

Cub or CUB may also refer to:

Cub (band)

Cub was an indie pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia that formed in 1992 and disbanded in 1997. They played a melodic, jangly form of pop punk that was dubbed " cuddlecore" by some music critics. Their song "New York City" was covered by They Might Be Giants on their album Factory Showroom, and their song "Little Star" was covered by Washington's Sicko on their album, Laugh While You Can Monkey Boy.

Cub (film)

Cub (original title: Welp) is a 2014 Belgian horror movie and the feature film directorial debut of Jonas Govaerts. Funds for Cub were partially raised through an IndieGoGo campaign and the film had its world premiere on 10 September 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Filming took place during 2013 and stars Maurice Luijten as Sam, a young boy that goes on a camping trip with his fellow Cub Scouts, only to fall afoul of a bloodthirsty poacher.

Usage examples of "cub".

Et Avian close behind, burst into the clearing between the she-bears and cubs.

The cougar cub, its nest now awash with water, scrambled from side to side on the tiny island as first one edge, then another submerged.

She felt tension creep into her lean body, and beside her, the cougar cub stiffened.

Inside this, a young male Ykx in his late tweens packing for his wingride, a nursling cub crawling about on the floor dragging with her a much chewed rubbery grubber doll.

To calculate what Mike Schmidt would hit if he hit only against the Chicago Cubs, you needed to understand how hitting in Wrigley Field differed from hitting in other parks.

The second cub jumped while the third one pawed nervously at the thinning edge of the raft.

And if he were not weary, he was in the thick of his work or resting momentarily from it or sitting soberly beside the scarred head of mother bruin or romping wildly with the cubs.

Imagine romping with a two-legged patchouli-oiled bear cub every moonlit evening on the carpets she would have woven for his own black tent!

She hoped to shock him, but Hastings Willoughby had lost all his shockability long before this razor-tooth tigress cub was born.

Like a wolverine guarding her cubs, Thalassic would show no mercy to any who maligned her child.

He was so weak he could only hold his shette in front of him like a weanling cub.

Then the only other creature who is allowed at the Pack Council--Baloo, the sleepy brown bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle: old Baloo, who can come and go where he pleases because he eats only nuts and roots and honey--rose up on his hind quarters and grunted.

As the weather was hot he lay out there all the night, first playing hide and seek with them in the dark till, missing his vixen and the cubs proving obstreperous, he lay down and was soon asleep.

Look, Kaylin, even a Wolf cub knows that there are no outcaste Dragons.

Your years are exactly the same as mine, and I can outride, outwalk, outdance, and, if need be, make love better than any of these young cubs who are with us.