Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae related to the carps and minnows, especially a Eurasian species, Leuciscus cephalus.
  • n. Any of various North American fishes, such as a freshwater whitefish of the genus Coregonus or a marine fish of the genus Kyphosus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of various species of freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae or carp family, especially:
  • n. By extension, various vaguely related marine or freshwater fishes.
  • n. A chubby, plump person
  • n. A gay man.
  • n. A plastic or other flexible package of meat, usually ground meat or luncheon meat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species to fresh-water fish of the Cyprinidæ or Carp family. The common European species is Leuciscus cephalus; the cheven. In America the name is applied to various fishes of the same family, of the genera Semotilus, Squalius, Ceratichthys, etc., and locally to several very different fishes, as the tautog, black bass, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is short and plump; a chubby person.
  • n. A jolt-head or clownish fellow.
  • n. A name of various fishes

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. European freshwater game fish with a thick spindle-shaped body

Etymologies

Middle English chubbe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1450, from Middle English chubbe ("the river fish"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from chubby. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Black bass (locally called chub) and white perch are very abundant, and at the proper season rock and herring enter the Sound in considerable numbers.

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  • And there is in it a fish called chub, which they catch; but they do not eat it, for a certain sacred reason.

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  • "The chub is a soft fish, and tastes like boiled brown paper salted."

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  • Davis guessed that the chub was some sort of groundhog - while a good guess, the chub is a fish that is now usually found further downstream in the Colorado River, although they once might have lived as far up as Glenwood Canyon.

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  • The white fish -- a kind of chub -- was caught in the Yukon by the Yapik Eskimos and smoked at Acme Smoked Fish Corp, an old-fashioned, family-run business in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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  • And, now, he sometimes brought home a fish or two from the deeper water down in the pasture lot; and no success in after life would ever bring to the man the same thrill of delight that was felt by the boy when he landed a tiny "chub" or "shiner."

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  • Among others, I was much pleased to find a cat-fish, taken in the lake by one of the island fishermen, and also a kind of chub, not found in Switzerland, and called by the fishermen here “Our Lady's Fish,” because it occurs only on the shore of an island where there is a convent, the nuns of which esteem it a great delicacy.

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  • Among others, I was much pleased to find a cat-fish, taken in the lake by one of the island fishermen, and also a kind of chub, not found in

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  • The agency believes recent restorations have attracted more visitors to riverbanks and nearby parks, as well as leading to a reduction in antisocial behaviour, the return of fish such as chub and dace, and birdlife, such as kingfishers.

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  • (pronounced "chub") but, officially as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery.

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