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carb1

[kahrb]
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noun Informal.
  1. a carburetor.

Origin of carb1

First recorded in 1950–55; by shortening

carb2

[kahrb]Slang.
noun
  1. carbohydrate.
verb (used without object)
  1. to eat large quantities of carbohydrates before a major physical exertion in order to store up energy (usually followed by up): Some marathon runners carb up on spaghetti the night before a race.

Origin of carb2

by shortening of carbohydrate
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British Dictionary definitions for carbs

carb

noun
  1. short for carburettor
  2. short for carbohydrate
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Word Origin and History for carbs

n.

see carb.

carb

n.

1942 as an abbreviation of carburetor; c.2000 as short for carbohydrate.

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