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  • adjective Reminiscent of a cub, i.e. shy and naive.


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cub +‎ -ish


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  • They remain cubbish and friendly now to a much later age than they did a few-score thousand years ago.

    The Shape of Things to Come Herbert George 2006

  • I felt very cubbish as I sat feeding my soul on the picture she made as she bent over her stitchery.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough

  • There was only young Clifton who could have come, and he was shy and cubbish, and would not, though requested by the Selkirk people.

    Selected English Letters Various 1913

  • If one thing were more hateful to me than his surliness and sneers to me, it was his cubbish gallantry to my pretty sister.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life, 1910

  • He chose to believe that she had arrived at the end of impishness, had grown weary of Harry Oldershaw and his cubbish ways and had turned to himself naturally and with relief, choosing her moment with the uncanny intuition that is the gift of women.

    Who Cares? a story of adolescence Cosmo Hamilton 1910

  • Let her get used to him as a man who had it in him to be as natural and impersonal, and even as cubbish, as some of the boys she knew.

    Who Cares? a story of adolescence Cosmo Hamilton 1910

  • This seemed to be the thought in Neewa's mind, for he headed straight up the valley until they came to an open fen where he proceeded to quest about for a dinner of roots and grass; and as he searched he grunted -- grunted in his old, companionable, cubbish way.

    Nomads of the North James Oliver Curwood 1903

  • In the cab I was still somewhat drowsy, but gathered that my companions had left me, to dine and attend a public dance-hall with the cubbish art student.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson 1903

  • It freshened yet and yet; the wrinkles crisped into whiteness on the black heavings; they grew into small surges with sharp cubbish snarlings preludious of the lion's voice; and by ten o'clock it was blowing in strong squalls, the seas rising, and the clouds sailing swiftly in smoke-coloured rags under the stars.

    The Frozen Pirate 1877

  • Beside him Patrick seemed cubbish, though beside another he would not have appeared so.

    Celt and Saxon — Volume 1 George Meredith 1868


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