From Middle English tubbe, tobbe, from Middle Dutch tubbe or Middle Low German tubbe, tobbe, further etymology unknown. Considered to be unrelated to tube.
tub (plural tubs)
- A flat-bottomed vessel, of width similar to or greater than its height, used for storing or packing things, or for washing things in.
- The contents or capacity of such a vessel.
- 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.
- Any of various historically designated quantities of goods to be sold by the tub (butter, oysters, etc).
- (mining) A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft.
- (obsolete) A sweating in a tub; a tub fast.
- (slang) A corpulent or obese person.
tub (third-person singular simple present tubs, present participle tubbing, simple past and past participle tubbed)
- (transitive) To plant, set, or store in a tub.
- (transitive, intransitive) To bathe in a tub.