- a small, snug place.
Origin of cubbyhole
Examples from the Web for cubbyhole
Murgatroyd remained in his cubbyhole, his tail curled over his nose.
He went to sleep, with Murgatroyd curled up in his cubbyhole.
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
- a small enclosed space or room
- any small compartment, such as a pigeonhole
Word Origin and History for cubbyhole
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.