a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usually attached to the rear of the train.
British. a kitchen on the deck of a ship; galley.
Slang. the buttocks.
Origin of caboose
1740–50; < early modern Dutch cabūse (Dutch kabuis) ship's galley, storeroom; compare Low German kabuus, kabüse, Middle Low German kabuse booth, shed; further origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for caboose
Historical Examples of caboose
The man addressed as “Jack” sprang alertly to the roof of the caboose.
The conductor and crew of the local freight were lounging comfortably in the caboose.
It did not occur to Bucks that the caboose was standing still.
Mears, greatly disturbed, ordered the men off the grade and into the caboose.
He was not on top of any of the cars, nor in the caboose, and must have been left behind.
British Dictionary definitions for caboose
railways, US and Canadian a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
- a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
- mainly Britishthe galley itself
- a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc
- an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove
Word Origin for caboose
C18: from Dutch cabūse, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for caboose
1747, "ship's cookhouse," from Middle Dutch kambuis "ship's galley," from Low German kabhuse "wooden cabin on ship's deck;" probably a compound whose elements correspond to English cabin and house (n.). Railroading sense is by 1859.
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