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squab

[ skwob ]
/ skwɒb /
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noun, plural squabs, (especially collectively for 1) squab.
a nestling pigeon, especially a domesticated one raised to an age of about 30 days for its flesh.
Cooking. the flesh of the squab, used as food: Our squab was served with a butter and raisin sauce.
a short, stout person.
a thickly stuffed, soft cushion.
adjective
short and thick or broad.
(of a bird) unfledged or newly hatched.
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Origin of squab

First recorded in 1630–40; probably from Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect skvabb “loose, fat flesh,” skvabba “fat woman,” Norwegian skvabb “soft wet mass”

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British Dictionary definitions for squab

squab
/ (skwɒb) /

noun plural squabs or squab
a young unfledged bird, esp a pigeon
a short fat person
  1. a well-stuffed bolster or cushion
  2. a sofa
adjective
(of birds) recently hatched and still unfledged
short and fat

Derived forms of squab

squabby, adjective

Word Origin for squab

C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare Swedish dialect sqvabb flabby skin, sqvabba fat woman, German Quabbe soft mass, Norwegian kvabb mud
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