- a round, broad, open, wooden container, usually formed of staves and hoops fastened around a flat bottom
- any similarly large, open container of metal, stone, etc., as for washing
- a small, round container: a tub of margarine
- as much as a tub will hold
- a bucket or tram for carrying coal, ore, etc. in a mine
- Brit., Informal a bath in a tub
- Informal a slow-moving, clumsy ship or boat
Origin of tubMiddle English tubbe from MDu; akin to Middle Low German tobbe, East Frisian tubbe
intransitive verbtubbed, tub′bing
- Informal to wash in a tub
- Brit., Informal to bathe (oneself)
- a. An open, flat-bottomed vessel, usually round and typically wider than it is deep, used for washing, packing, or storing.b. The amount that such a vessel can hold.c. The contents of such a vessel.
- a. A bathtub.b. Informal A bath taken in a bathtub.
- Informal A wide, clumsy, slow-moving boat.
- a. A bucket used for conveying ore or coal up a mine shaft.b. A coal car used in a mine.
verbtubbed, tub·bing, tubs
- To pack or store in a tub.
- To wash or bathe in a tub.
Origin of tubMiddle English from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German tubbe
- 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.
- The contents or capacity of such a vessel.
- He added a tub of margarine to the stew.
- A bathtub.
- (nautical, informal) A slow-moving craft.
- (humorous or derogatory) Any structure shaped like a tub, such as a certain old form of pulpit, a short broad boat, etc.
- A small cask.
- a tub of gin
- (mining) A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft.
(third-person singular simple present tubs, present participle tubbing, simple past and past participle tubbed)
- To plant, set, or store in a tub.
- to tub a plant
- (intransitive) To bathe.