tub

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tubbe, tobbe, from Middle Dutch tubbe or Middle Low German tubbe, tobbe, further etymology unknown. Considered to be unrelated to tube.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: tŭb, IPA(key): /tʌb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌb

Noun[edit]

tub (plural tubs)

Tub of cottage cheese, lid, and lidding film
  1. A flat-bottomed vessel, of width similar to or greater than its height, used for storing or packing things, or for washing things in.
    He bought a tub of lard to roast the potatoes in.
  2. The contents or capacity of such a vessel.
    She added a tub of margarine to the stew.
  3. 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.
  4. (nautical, informal) A slow-moving craft.
    • 2019 March 13, Drachinifel, The Russian 2nd Pacific Squadron - Voyage of the Damned[1], archived from the original on 15 October 2022, retrieved 15 October 2022, 24:52 from the start:
      But, with any ships in the Baltic Fleet that were worth sending - and some that probably weren't worth sending anyway - having already been dispatched, this gave him the perfect excuse to start rounding up old, obsolete vessels which had been rejected in the first place as being old tubs and designated by some of the less-kind officers as the "Sink-by-Themselves Squadron".
  5. (humorous or derogatory) Any structure shaped like a tub, such as a certain old form of pulpit, a short broad boat, etc.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
      All being took up and busied, some in pulpits and some in tubs, in the grand work of preaching and holding forth.
  6. A small cask.
    a tub of gin
  7. Any of various historically designated quantities of goods to be sold by the tub (butter, oysters, etc).
  8. (mining) A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft.
  9. (obsolete) A sweating in a tub; a tub fast.
  10. (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.

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Verb[edit]

tub (third-person singular simple present tubs, present participle tubbing, simple past and past participle tubbed)

  1. (transitive) To plant, set, or store in a tub.
    to tub a plant
  2. (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?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “tub”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tubus (tube, pipe).

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Noun[edit]

tub m (plural tubs)

  1. tube

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Juba Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic طُوبَة(ṭūba).

Noun[edit]

tub

  1. brick

Kavalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

tub

  1. lid

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tube, Latin tubus (tube, pipe).

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Noun[edit]

tub n (plural tuburi)

  1. tube

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White Hmong[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tub

  1. son

References[edit]

  • Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)