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.
- v. To bring forth; -- said of animals, or in contempt, of persons.
- n. A stall for cattle.
- n. A cupboard.
- transitive v. To shut up or confine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To bring forth, as a cub or cubs.
- Contemptuously, to bring forth young, as a woman.
- n. A lump; a heap; a confused mass.
- n. A stall for cattle; a crib.
- n. A chest; a bin.
- n. A cupboard.
- To shut up or confine.
- 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)