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  1. a taxicab.
  2. any of various horse-drawn vehicles, as a hansom or brougham, especially one for public hire.
  3. the covered or enclosed part of a locomotive, truck, crane, etc., where the operator sits.
  4. the glass-enclosed area of an airport control tower in which the controllers are stationed.
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verb (used without object), cabbed, cab·bing.
  1. to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab: They cabbed to the theater.
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Origin of cab

First recorded in 1640–50; short for cabriolet

Synonyms for cab

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Examples from the Web for cabbing

Historical Examples of cabbing

  • Who's a-goin' to be bullied by any cove because he is a cabbing passinger?

    Tom Gerrard

    Louis Becke

  • I went on cabbing it for a day or so, intending to keep at it until I could save enough to take me back to America.

    A Study In Scarlet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for cabbing


abbreviation for
  1. (in Britain) Citizens' Advice Bureau
  2. (in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
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    1. a taxi
    2. (as modifier)a cab rank
  1. the enclosed compartment of a lorry, locomotive, crane, etc, from which it is driven or operated
  2. (formerly) a light horse-drawn vehicle used for public hire
  3. first cab off the rank Australian informal the first person, etc, to do or take advantage of something
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Word Origin for cab

C19: shortened from cabriolet




  1. an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)
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Word Origin for cab

C16: from Hebrew qabh container, something hollowed out
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Word Origin and History for cabbing



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.

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