Definitions and meaning of tub
From Middle English tubbe, tobbe, from Middle Dutch tubbe or Middle Low German tubbe, tobbe, further etymology unknown. Considered to be unrelated to tube.
- enPR: tŭb, IPA(key): /tʌb/
- Rhymes: -ʌb
tub (plural tubs)
- A flat-bottomed vessel, of width similar to or greater than its height, used for storing or packing things, or for washing things in.
- The contents or capacity of such a vessel.
- A bathtub.
- 1920, Theodore Sharpe, My Place in the Shade: And Various Verse (page 27)
- Teach me to love my morning tub, / In waters cold to splash and rub; / O, grant my Turkish towel may flood / Its virtues through my soul and blood.
- (nautical, informal) A slow-moving craft.
- (humorous or derogatory) Any structure shaped like a tub, such as a certain old form of pulpit, a short broad boat, etc.
- All being took up and busied, some in pulpits and some in tubs, in the grand work of preaching and holding forth.
- A small cask.
- Any of various historically designated quantities of goods to be sold by the tub (butter, oysters, etc).
- (mining) A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft.
- (obsolete) A sweating in a tub; a tub fast.
- (slang) A corpulent or obese person.
- 2003, Trey Ellis, Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic (page 139)
- Donald tells him to be more realistic. Take those two girls over there, for example. One's a zitface and the other's a tub, so they'd be perfect for them.
- hot tub
- powdering tub
tub (third-person singular simple present tubs, present participle tubbing, simple past and past participle tubbed)
- (transitive) To plant, set, or store in a tub.
- (transitive, intransitive) To bathe in a tub.
- February 1, 1873, Meredith Townsend and Richard Holt Hutton (editors), "Change of Air and Scene", in The Spectator
- Don't we all "tub" in England?
- tub on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
From Latin tubus (“tube, pipe”).
- (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈtup/
tub m (plural tubs)
- “tub” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
From Arabic طُوبَة (ṭūba).
Borrowed from French tube, Latin tubus (“tube, pipe”).
tub n (plural tuburi)
(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)
- Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)
- TUATH, (Irish) a tribe, people.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)