[adjective, noun pree-fab; verb pree-fab]
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  1. 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.
  1. to prefabricate.

Origin of prefab

First recorded in 1935–40; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prefabbed


    1. a building that is prefabricated, esp a small house
    2. (as modifier)a prefab house
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Word Origin and History for prefabbed



1937, short for prefabricated (see prefabricate). As a noun, "prefabricated housing," from 1942.

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