Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tub n.1

1. [17C+] (also bathtub) a boat; thus [1920s–40s] transatlantic liners, esp. as venues for crime; thus work the tubs under work v.

2. [mid-17C–1910s] a pulpit.

3. (mid-17C) the vagina.

4. [late 17C–mid-19C] a coach, esp. a form of covered carriage known as a ‘chariot’.

5. [mid–late 19C] a seatless carriage used on the early railways.

6. [mid-19C–1900s] (US) a fire engine.

7. [1900s] a glass containing approx. one pint.

8. [1910s–50s] a car.

9. [1920s–80s] (UK Und.) an omnibus, a bus; thus work the tubs under work v.

10. [1930s-50s] a truck.

11. [1960s] (Aus. prison) a sanitary bucket.

In compounds

tub house (n.)

[1900s] (US) a mission.

tub-man (n.) (also tub-preacher)

[mid-17C–early 18C] a preacher, a parson.


see separate entries.

In phrases

tubbed-up (adj.)

ensconced, situated.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

tub of guts (n.) (also tub of blubber, ...’gator guts, ...pelican puke)

[mid-19C+] a fat person.

tub of lard (n.) (also bundle of..., sack of..., tub of butter, ...hog fat, ...soapgrease, butter tub, gourd of hog’s lard)

[mid-19C+] a fat person.

tub of shit (n.)

[1970s-80s] (US) a term of abuse for a fat person.

tub of turds (n.) [turd n. (1)]

[mid-17C] (UK Und.) an ugly fat person.