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

  • n. The young of certain carnivorous animals, such as the bear, wolf, or lion.
  • n. A youth, especially one who is inexperienced, awkward, or ill-mannered.
  • n. A novice or learner, particularly in newspaper reporting.
  • n. A Cub Scout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young fox.
  • n. The young of certain other animals, including the bear, wolf, lion and whale.
  • v. To give birth to cubs
  • v. To hunt fox cubs
  • v. To shut up or confine.
  • cashed up bogan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young animal, esp. the young of the bear.
  • n. Jocosely or in contempt, a boy or girl, esp. an awkward, rude, ill-mannered boy.
  • n. A stall for cattle.
  • n. A cupboard.
  • v. To bring forth; -- said of animals, or in contempt, of persons.
  • transitive v. To shut up or confine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring forth, as a cub or cubs.
  • Contemptuously, to bring forth young, as a woman.
  • To shut up or confine.
  • n. The young of certain quadrupeds, especially of the bear, fox, and wolf, also of the lion and tiger (more commonly whelp), and rarely of the dog and some others; a puppy; a whelp.
  • n. A coarse or uncouth boy or girl: in contempt or reprobation.
  • n. Hence An assistant to a physician or surgeon in a hospital.
  • n. A lump; a heap; a confused mass.
  • n. A stall for cattle; a crib.
  • n. A chest; a bin.
  • n. A cupboard.
  • n. An abbreviation of cubic.

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

  • n. an awkward and inexperienced youth
  • v. give birth to cubs
  • n. the young of certain carnivorous mammals such as the bear or wolf or lion
  • n. a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown. Perhaps compare Old Norse (Icelandic) kobbi ("seal"), Old Irish cuib ("whelp"). (Wiktionary)


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