- a nestling pigeon, marketed when fully grown but still unfledged.
- a short, stout person.
- a thickly stuffed, soft cushion.
- short and thick or broad.
- (of a bird) unfledged or newly hatched.
Origin of squab
Related Words for squabbuffer, headrest, mat, bolster, hassock, fender, rest, seat, sham, beanbag, squab, bumper, woolsack
Examples from the Web for squab
Contemporary Examples of squab
Remove the squab breasts from the marinade and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Spoon a few dots of jus around the squab and sprinkle a pinch of vadouvan spice onto the plate.
Transfer half of the sauce to a resealable bag and add the squab breasts, turning them to coat.
Not to mention one out of squab, peanut butter and jelly, red quinoa, and karela.‘Chopped’: Why I’m Obsessed with Food Network’s Reality Competition Show
April 2, 2013
Historical Examples of squab
Why, don't you know that frogs'-legs are as delicate as squab.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
At the very gate he met a gaunt figure riding in on a squab pony.White Lies
Compare this with the expense of going into chicken or squab raising.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work
Mary Rogers Miller
Galantine of chicken, squab, etc., may be prepared in the same manner.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
He lay propped on a charpoy in a nest of squab blue cushions.Where the Pavement Ends
- a young unfledged bird, esp a pigeon
- a short fat person
- a well-stuffed bolster or cushion
- a sofa
- (of birds) recently hatched and still unfledged
- short and fat
Word Origin for squab
1680s, "very young bird," earlier (1630s) "unformed, lumpish person" and used at various times for any sort of flabby mass from sea slugs to sofa cushions; probably from a Scandinavian word (cf. dialectal Swedish skvabb "loose or fat flesh," skvabba "fat woman"), from Proto-Germanic *(s)kwab- (cf. Old Prussian gawabo "toad," Old Church Slavonic zaba "frog").