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cubbyhole

[kuhb-ee-hohl]
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noun
  1. pigeonhole.
  2. a small, snug place.
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Origin of cubbyhole

First recorded in 1835–45; cubby + hole
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Examples from the Web for cubbyhole

Historical Examples

  • Murgatroyd remained in his cubbyhole, his tail curled over his nose.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • He went to sleep, with Murgatroyd curled up in his cubbyhole.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • But he marched away, back to the cubbyhole in which he had awakened.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Back in his cubbyhole downstairs, Walter stared hopelessly at the reports.

    Meeting of the Board

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • He began to empty the cubbyhole of all the items that had been packed into it for storage.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster


British Dictionary definitions for cubbyhole

cubbyhole

noun
  1. a small enclosed space or room
  2. any small compartment, such as a pigeonhole
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Often shortened to: cubby (ˈkʌbɪ)

Word Origin

C19: from dialect cub cattle pen; see cove 1
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Word Origin and History for cubbyhole

n.

1825, the first element possibly from a diminutive of cub "stall, pen, cattle shed, coop, hutch" (1540s), a dialect word with apparent cognates in Low German (e.g. East Frisian kubbing, Dutch kub). Or related to cuddy "small room, cupboard" (1793), originally "small cabin in a boat" (1650s), from Dutch kajuit, from French cahute. Or perhaps simply a children's made-up word.

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