verb (used without object), cabbed, cab·bing.
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noun Chiefly British.
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Examples from the Web for cab
In a bizarre twist to proceedings, Miss Manners sought to have her £30 cab fare from her Kensington flat to court refunded.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission|Tom Sykes|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At a quarter past midnight, all her friends gathered at me and then they went off to party and I went home in a cab.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
(A more upscale version, the cabriolet, or “cab,” was later imported from France).
Parisian cab licenses can also be bought and sold for a small fortune.
I took a cab to a stadium outside the city, bought a ticket, and sat in the concrete bleachers.
"You did more when you got out of the cab at the top of the gardens here," he whispered in reply.The Missionary|George Griffith
A policeman in the street had seen them hire a cab and drive away through Broadway at a rapid pace.The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler|Francis W. Doughty
He dropped the lady like a hot coal at the appalling word, and sat back rigid in his own corner of the cab.The Gay Adventure|Richard Bird
Monsieur Paul must take a cab—at least to the barrier: it will not be pleasant to make a scandal in the street.
Johnson said that he saw Walling on the outside and saw the woman get into the cab and drive away.
British Dictionary definitions for cab (1 of 3)
- a taxi
- (as modifier)a cab rank
Word Origin for cab
British Dictionary definitions for cab (2 of 3)
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Word Origin and History for cab
1826, "light, horse-drawn carriage," shortening of cabriolet (1763), from French cabriolet (18c.), diminutive of cabrioler "leap, caper" (16c./17c.), from Italian capriolare "jump in the air," from capriola, properly "the leap of a kid," from Latin capreolus "wild goat, roebuck," from PIE *kap-ro- "he-goat, buck" (cf. Old Irish gabor, Welsh gafr, Old English hæfr, Old Norse hafr "he-goat"). The carriages had springy suspensions.
Extended to hansoms and other types of carriages, then extended to similar-looking parts of locomotives (1851). Applied especially to public horse carriages, then to automobiles-for-hire (1899) when these began to replace them.