a small, snug place.


Nearby words

  1. cubango,
  2. cubature,
  3. cubba,
  4. cubbena,
  5. cubby,
  6. cube,
  7. cube farm,
  8. cube root,
  9. cube steak,
  10. cube van

Origin of cubbyhole

First recorded in 1835–45; cubby + hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cubbyhole



a small enclosed space or room
any small compartment, such as a pigeonhole
Often shortened to: cubby (ˈkʌbɪ)

Word Origin for cubbyhole

C19: from dialect cub cattle pen; see cove 1

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Word Origin and History for cubbyhole



1825, the first element possibly from a diminutive of cub "stall, pen, cattle shed, coop, hutch" (1540s), a dialect word with apparent cognates in Low German (e.g. East Frisian kubbing, Dutch kub). Or related to cuddy "small room, cupboard" (1793), originally "small cabin in a boat" (1650s), from Dutch kajuit, from French cahute. Or perhaps simply a children's made-up word.

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