- a stupid, dull, or spiritless person.
- a mentally impaired person who is unable to live independently; vegetable.
Origin of cabbage1
Definition for cabbage (2 of 2)
- cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
- Also called cab. such scraps used for reprocessing.
verb (used with or without object), cab·baged, cab·bag·ing.
Origin of cabbage2
Examples from the Web for cabbage
There was also the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, and the cookie diet.
The cooking odors of cabbage and meatloaf and carrots drifted through doorways.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The stewed cabbage is insanely tender, vegetable-sweet, and more luxurious than cabbage has a right to be.
But equally super are Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage.
Here, the breeze is cool and crops like rice, cabbage, beans and the all-important chilies grow in abundance.
The rest wasn't no more to compare with her than a dandalion is to a cabbage rose.
The two city-bred artists knew a wall-flower from a cabbage and a rose from a sprig of asparagus, and that was all.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
Spring-traps or gins must be suspended to small stakes or cabbage stalks.The Natural History of Cage Birds|J. M. Bechstein
It feeds on most plants of the cabbage tribe, and in flower gardens on mignonette and nasturtiums.The Butterflies of the British Isles|Richard South
Cut the cabbages very fine, and put in a layer of cabbage and a sprinkle of salt until the whole is in.The National Cook Book, 9th ed.|Hannah Mary Peterson
British Dictionary definitions for cabbage (1 of 2)
- the head of a cabbage
- the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm
Word Origin for cabbage
British Dictionary definitions for cabbage (2 of 2)
Word Origin for cabbage
Word Origin and History for cabbage
mid-15c., caboge, from Middle French caboche "head" (in dialect, "cabbage"), from Old French caboce "head," a diminutive from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). Introduced to Canada 1541 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage. First written record of it in U.S. is 1660s.
The decline of "ch" to "j" in the unaccented final syllable parallels the common pronunciation of spinach, sandwich, Greenwich, etc. The comparison of a head of cabbage to the head of a person (usually disparaging to the latter) is at least as old as Old French cabus "(head of) cabbage; nitwit, blockhead," from Italian cappuccio, diminutive of capo.