AskDefine | Define chub

Dictionary Definition

chub n : European freshwater game fish with a thick spindle-shaped body [syn: Leuciscus cephalus]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /tʃʌb/, /"tSVb/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌb

Etymology 1


  1. A species of freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae or carp family.
species of fish

Etymology 2

Back-formation from chubby


  1. In the context of "slang": A chubby person, especially a gay man.

Extensive Definition

The chub is any one of a variety of fish in several families and genera.
Some Cyprinidae (minnows) of the genera:
The Kyphosidae (sea chubs).
Several Coregoninae (ciscoes), especially deep water ciscoes such as:
At least one of the Labridae (wrasses):
  • Tautog also known as the black porgy
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