Other forms: cubs; cubbing; cubbed

A cub is a baby animal. A mother fox sometimes carries her cub by the scruff of its neck.

Use the word cub when you talk about one of a number of meat-eating mammal babies, including bears, foxes, lions, and tigers. While a tiny bear cub looks as adorable and helpless as a stuffed animal, its mother is ferocious and protective of her cubs. In the old days, people also called a young, immature boy a cub — today, a human cub is more likely to be a junior Boy Scout — a Cub Scout.

Definitions of cub
  1. noun
    the young of certain carnivorous mammals such as the bear or wolf or lion
    synonyms: young carnivore
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    lion cub
    a young lion
    bear cub
    a young bear
    tiger cub
    a young tiger
    type of:
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
  2. noun
    a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
    synonyms: lad, laddie, sonny, sonny boy
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    type of:
    boy, male child
    a youthful male person
  3. noun
    an awkward and inexperienced youth
    synonyms: greenhorn, rookie
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    type of:
    beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
    someone new to a field or activity
  4. verb
    give birth to cubs
    “bears cub every year”
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    type of:
    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born




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