slab

1
[ slab ]
/ slæb /

noun

verb (used with object), slabbed, slab·bing.


Nearby words

  1. skywrite,
  2. skywriting,
  3. skíros,
  4. sl,
  5. sla,
  6. slab dashing,
  7. slab plastering,
  8. slab top,
  9. slab track,
  10. slab-sided

Origin of slab

1
1250–1300; Middle English sclabbe, slabbe < ?

slab

2
[ slab ]
/ slæb /

adjective Scot. and North England.

thick; viscous.

Origin of slab

2
1595–1605; apparently < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian slabb mire, Icelandic slabba to wade in mud

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British Dictionary definitions for slab

slab

/ (slæb) /

noun

verb slabs, slabbing or slabbed (tr)

Word Origin for slab

C13: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for slab

slab

n.

late 13c., "large, flat mass," of unknown origin, possibly related to Old French escopel, escalpe "thin fragment of wood," which according to Klein is possibly a Gaulish word (cf. Breton scolp, Welsh ysgolp "splinter, chip"). But OED rejects this on formal grounds. Meaning "rectangular block of pre-cast concrete used in building" is from 1927. Slab-sided is "having flat sides like slabs," hence "tall and lank" (1817, American English).

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