Origin of carboy

1705–15; < Persian qarāba(h) < Arabic qarrābah big jug
Related formscar·boyed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of carboy

Historical Examples of carboy

  • "I did not think they were quite so bold as this," said Dr. Carboy.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • "It is a very foolish movement on their part," added Dr. Carboy.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • "We will all be pious for a day or two, till Carboy closes his eyes," said Little.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • "It is all up with us," said Mr. Carboy, the mate, as he dropped the halyard.

    The Coming Wave

    Oliver Optic

  • "Mr. Carboy," he said in a voice that needed roughage badly.

    The Man Who Played to Lose

    Laurence Mark Janifer

British Dictionary definitions for carboy


  1. a large glass or plastic bottle, usually protected by a basket or box, used for containing corrosive liquids such as acids

Word Origin for carboy

C18: from Persian qarāba
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Word Origin and History for carboy

"large globular bottle covered with basketwork," 1753, probably ultimately from Persian qarabah "large flagon."

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