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1 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] v : give birth to cubs; "bears cub every year" [also: cubbing, cubbed]

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Etymology 1

cubbe, young fox


  1. The young of the bear, fox, wolf, lion and some other animals.
the young of certain animals

Etymology 2





Extensive Definition

Cub can refer to:
  • the young of certain large predatory animals such as bears, lions and other big cats, and wolves; analogous to a canine pup (also in some of the following meanings)
  • by analogy a human youth, especially one who is inexperienced, awkward, or ill-mannered, boy or (rarer, in some senses only fairly recent) girl, especially:
    • a younger, thinner, less hairy and/or smaller member of the Bear subculture. Typically assumed to be less experienced in the Bear subculture, and/or to be bottoms.
    • a member of Cub Scouts;
    • a member of certain sports teams, e.g. the Chicago Cubs, a baseball club;
    • a novice or learner, particularly in newspaper reporting.

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