- any of several cultivated varieties of a plant, Brassica oleracea capitata, of the mustard family, having a short stem and leaves formed into a compact, edible head.
- the head or leaves of this plant, eaten cooked or raw.
- Slang. money, especially paper money.
- Chiefly British Informal.
- a stupid, dull, or spiritless person.
- a mentally impaired person who is unable to live independently; vegetable.
Origin of cabbage1
- Chiefly British.
- cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
- Also called cab.such scraps used for reprocessing.
- to steal; pilfer: He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.
Origin of cabbage2
Examples from the Web for cabbage
There was also the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, and the cookie diet.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
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The cooking odors of cabbage and meatloaf and carrots drifted through doorways.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
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The stewed cabbage is insanely tender, vegetable-sweet, and more luxurious than cabbage has a right to be.The Heart and Soul (Food) of Orlando
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June 8, 2014
But equally super are Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage.The Dangers of Superfoods
April 9, 2014
Here, the breeze is cool and crops like rice, cabbage, beans and the all-important chilies grow in abundance.Islam’s Secret Feminists
September 4, 2011
Cabbage Soup may be made in the same manner, of neck of mutton.
The pork and the cabbage should be thoroughly done, and tender throughout.
Quarter the cabbage lengthways, and then slice it crossways.
Some trap them by placing slices of cabbage or raw potato about.The Mayflower, January, 1905
On going to his place in the House, he was overheard to say, "It must have been that cabbage."
- Also called: cole any of various cultivated varieties of the plant Brassica oleracea capitata, typically having a short thick stalk and a large head of green or reddish edible leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)See also brassica, savoy Compare skunk cabbage, Chinese cabbage
- wild cabbage a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred
- the head of a cabbage
- the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm
- informal a dull or unimaginative person
- informal, offensive a person who has no mental faculties and is dependent on others for his or her subsistence
- snippets of cloth appropriated by a tailor from a customer's material
- to steal; pilfer
Word Origin and History for cabbage
mid-15c., caboge, from Middle French caboche "head" (in dialect, "cabbage"), from Old French caboce "head," a diminutive from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). Introduced to Canada 1541 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage. First written record of it in U.S. is 1660s.
The decline of "ch" to "j" in the unaccented final syllable parallels the common pronunciation of spinach, sandwich, Greenwich, etc. The comparison of a head of cabbage to the head of a person (usually disparaging to the latter) is at least as old as Old French cabus "(head of) cabbage; nitwit, blockhead," from Italian cappuccio, diminutive of capo.