carb

1
[kahrb]

Origin of carb

1
First recorded in 1950–55; by shortening

carb

2
[kahrb]Slang.
verb (used without object)
  1. to eat large quantities of carbohydrates before a major physical exertion in order to store up energy (usually followed by up): Some marathon runners carb up on spaghetti the night before a race.

Origin of carb

2
by shortening of carbohydrate

carb-

  1. variant of carbo- before a vowel: carbazole.
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British Dictionary definitions for carb

carb

noun
  1. short for carburettor
  2. short for carbohydrate
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Word Origin and History for carb
n.

1942 as an abbreviation of carburetor; c.2000 as short for carbohydrate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

carb in Medicine

carb-

pref.
  1. Variant ofcarbo-
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