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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Middle Dutch
Origin: tubbe

tub

noun
     
Related topics: Food, Household, House, Water
tub [countable]
1

container

a) DF a small container made of paper or plastic with a lid, in which food is bought or stored
tub of
a tub of ice cream
a margarine tub
b) DH an open container that is usually round, used for washing, storing things in etc:
trees growing in tubs
2

amount

also tubful the amount of liquid, food etc that a tub can contain
tub of
We ate a tub of ice cream.
3

bath

American EnglishDHH a large container in which you sit to wash yourself [= bathtub]:
I had a long soak in the tub.
4

boat

British English informalTTW an old boat that travels slowly
5

person

tub of lard

informal not polite someone who is short and fat

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