[adjective, noun pree-fab; verb pree-fab]
something that is prefabricated, as a building or fixture: You would never know that such an attractive house is a prefab.
verb (used with object), pre·fabbed, pre·fab·bing.
complete, fabricate, create, construct, synthesize, assemble, mass-produce, envision, contrive, discover, invent, devise, hatch, manufacture, compose, organize, formulate, form, erect, shape
Origin of prefab
First recorded in 1935–40; by shortening
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- a building that is prefabricated, esp a small house
- (as modifier)a prefab house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1937, short for prefabricated (see prefabricate). As a noun, "prefabricated housing," from 1942.
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