[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.
- to prefabricate.
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
Word Origin and History for prefabbed
1937, short for prefabricated (see prefabricate). As a noun, "prefabricated housing," from 1942.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper