Definition of rub-a-dub-dub in English:

rub-a-dub-dub

noun

  • 1The sound of a drum being beaten; a drumming sound.

  • 2British, Australian, and NZ A public house.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Henry Playford (1657–1709). Imitative of the sound of a drum being beaten.

Pronunciation

rub-a-dub-dub

/ˌrʌbədʌbˈdʌb/