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cubbyhole

[kuhb-ee-hohl] /ˈkʌb iˌhoʊl/
noun
2.
a small, snug place.
Origin of cubbyhole
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; cubby + hole
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  • 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
  • I think it's in the cubbyhole where we keep our oilskins, you know.

  • The concierge was smiling at him from her cubbyhole beside the stairs.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • In the office beyond the partition of his cubbyhole a woman was sobbing.

    Twelve Times Zero Howard Carleton Browne
  • Murgatroyd headed straight for his cubbyhole and crawled into it.

    The Hate Disease William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • A moment later the patrolman loomed up outside the cubbyhole door, the woman in tow.

    Twelve Times Zero Howard Carleton Browne
British Dictionary definitions for cubbyhole

cubbyhole

/ˈkʌbɪˌhəʊl/
noun
1.
a small enclosed space or room
2.
any small compartment, such as a pigeonhole
Often shortened to cubby (ˈkʌbɪ)
Word Origin
C19: from dialect cub cattle pen; see cove1
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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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