1. a broad, flat, somewhat thick piece of stone, wood, or other solid material.
  2. a thick slice of anything: a slab of bread.
  3. a semifinished piece of iron or steel so rolled that its breadth is at least twice its thickness.
  4. a rough outside piece cut from a log, as when sawing one into boards.
  5. Baseball Slang. rubber1(def 14).
  6. Building Trades. a section of concrete pavement or a concrete floor placed directly on the ground or on a base of gravel.
verb (used with object), slabbed, slab·bing.
  1. to make into a slab or slabs.
  2. to cover or lay with slabs.
  3. to cut the slabs or outside pieces from (a log).
  4. to put on in slabs; cover thickly.

Origin of slab

1250–1300; Middle English sclabbe, slabbe < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for slabbed

Historical Examples of slabbed

  • Around the slabbed tables the tangle of wined breaths and grumbling gorges.


    James Joyce

  • When the soap is set, it is slabbed, cut into cakes, dried slightly and pressed.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • After having set for some days it is ready to be slabbed and cut into cakes.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • The floor is slabbed with rich mosaics that are pleasing to the eye.

  • The two things in the parsonage garden which make it unique are there still—the avenue and the slabbed pathways.

British Dictionary definitions for slabbed


  1. a broad flat thick piece of wood, stone, or other material
  2. a thick slice of cake, etc
  3. any of the outside parts of a log that are sawn off while the log is being made into planks
  4. mountaineering a flat sheet of rock lying at an angle of between 30° and 60° from the horizontal
  5. a printer's ink table
  6. (modifier) Australian and NZ made or constructed of coarse wooden planksa slab hut
  7. informal, mainly British an operating or mortuary table
  8. mainly British and Australian informal a package containing 24 cans of beer
verb slabs, slabbing or slabbed (tr)
  1. to cut or make into a slab or slabs
  2. to cover or lay with slabs
  3. to saw slabs from (a log)

Word Origin for slab

C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slabbed



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper