noun, plural cub·bies.

any of a group of small boxlike enclosures or compartments, open at the front, in which children can keep their belongings, as at a nursery school.

Origin of cubby

1835–45; dial. cub stall, shed (akin to cove1) + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -bies

Australian a small room or enclosed area, esp one used as a child's play area




Midland English dialect short and plump; squat
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Word Origin and History for cubby

1868, short for cubbyhole.

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