nounpl. or chubs
- any of several small, freshwater cyprinoid fishes often used as bait
- any of several freshwater ciscos (genus Coregonus) of N regions
- any of a number of marine fishes with a small mouth; esp., any of a family (Kyphosidae) of percoid fishes
Origin of chubLate Middle English chubbe
nounpl. chub, or chubs
- Any of various usually stout-bodied freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, especially a Eurasian species, Leuciscus cephalus.
- Any of various other fishes, such as several freshwater whitefishes of the genus Coregonus or various marine fishes of the family Kyphosidae.
Origin of chubMiddle English chubbe
A hermetically sealed plastic tube used for packaging products such as ground meat or caulk.
Origin of chubPerhaps back-formation from chubby
(plural chubs or chub)
Recorded since c.1450, from Middle English chubbe (“the river fish”), of unknown origin.
Back-formation from chubby.