- jail; prison; lockup.
Origin of calaboose
Examples from the Web for calaboose
They left him in the calaboose with whatever reflections were his.
What are you going to do with that old brigand you've got locked in the calaboose?
Do you know how the man came to be burned up in the calaboose?'Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When we got to the calaboose, he unlocked the door and started to put us in.Mitch Miller
Edgar Lee Masters
A Mormon police report is headed, One drunk at the calaboose.Greater Britain
Charles Wentworth Dilke
- US informal a prison; jail
Word Origin and History for calaboose
"prison," 1792, American English, from Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo "dungeon," probably from Vulgar Latin *calafodium, from pre-Roman *cala "protected place, den" + Latin fodere "to dig" (see fossil).