[ kab-ij ]
/ ˈkæb ɪdʒ /


Chiefly British.
  1. cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
  2. Also called cab. such scraps used for reprocessing.

verb (used with or without object), cab·baged, cab·bag·ing.

to steal; pilfer: He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.

Origin of cabbage

1615–25; earlier carbage shred, piece of cloth, apparently variant of garbage wheat straw chopped small (obsolete sense) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cabbaged (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkæbɪdʒ) /


Also called: cole any of various cultivated varieties of the plant Brassica oleracea capitata, typically having a short thick stalk and a large head of green or reddish edible leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)See also brassica, savoy Compare skunk cabbage, Chinese cabbage
wild cabbage a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred
  1. the head of a cabbage
  2. the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm
informal a dull or unimaginative person
informal, offensive a person who has no mental faculties and is dependent on others for his or her subsistence

Word Origin for cabbage

C14: from Norman French caboche head; perhaps related to Old French boce hump, bump, Latin caput head

British Dictionary definitions for cabbaged (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkæbɪdʒ) British slang /


snippets of cloth appropriated by a tailor from a customer's material


to steal; pilfer

Word Origin for cabbage

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French cabas theft
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