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lunchbox

[luhnch-boks] /ˈlʌntʃˌbɒks/
noun
1.
a small container, usually of metal or plastic and with a handle, for carrying one's lunch from home to school or work.
Also called lunchpail, lunchbucket
[luhnch-buhk-it] /ˈlʌntʃˌbʌk ɪt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of lunchbox
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; lunch + box1
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  • Fanny got up before six every morning of that Easter vacation, and went to the mill, lunch box in hand.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • Just where the vegetation met the white, sea-washed sand, Linda spread the Indian blanket, and Donald brought the lunch box.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Then she hastily put on her own field clothes and ran to the kitchen to fill the lunch box.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Each girl carried a lunch box and they had been about to hunt a pretty spot, near a spring, and satisfy their appetites.

    The Girls of Central High on Track and Field David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Mrs. Comstock raked together the coals in the cooking stove, got out the lunch box, and sitting down she studied it grimly.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • A box of candy was handed her and she stuffed every corner of the lunch box with chocolates and nougat.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • Then the three days' history of the lunch box was repeated with particulars which included the dog.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • At this point should be mentioned the happy discovery of the lunch box which thoughtful friends had stowed away with the baggage.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • "Bless the child's heart," she murmured, and reached across the lunch box to pat his hand again.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for lunch box

lunchbox

/ˈlʌntʃˌbɒks/
noun
1.
a container for carrying a packed lunch
2.
(Brit & Austral, jocular) a man's genitals
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Contemporary definitions for lunch box
noun

See lunchbox

noun

a container for regularly carrying one's midday meal; also written lunch box

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Slang definitions & phrases for lunch box

lunchbox

noun

A confused or ignorant person; someone out of touch with reality; ditzo (1960s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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