[ kuh-boos ]
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  1. a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usually attached to the rear of the train.

  2. British. a kitchen on the deck of a ship; galley.

  1. 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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How to use caboose in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for caboose


/ (kəˈbuːs) /

  1. US informal short for calaboose

  2. railways, US and Canadian a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew

  1. nautical

    • a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft

    • mainly British the galley itself

  2. Canadian

    • a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc

    • an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove

Origin of caboose

C18: from Dutch cabūse, of unknown origin

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