[ kuh-boos ]
/ kəˈbus /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for caboose

/ (kəˈbuːs) /


US informal short for calaboose
railways, US and Canadian a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
  1. a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
  2. mainly British the galley itself
  1. a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc
  2. an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove

Word Origin for caboose

C18: from Dutch cabūse, of unknown origin
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