verb (used with object)

to put by or away as for safekeeping or future use, usually in a secret place (usually followed by away): The squirrel stashes away nuts for winter.


something put away or hidden: a stash of gold coins buried in the garden.
a place in which something is stored secretly; hiding place; cache.
Slang. a supply of hidden drugs.

Origin of stash

1775–85; blend of stow and cache Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr often foll by away) informal to put or store (money, valuables, etc) in a secret place, as for safekeeping


informal a secret store or the place where this is hidden
slang drugs kept for personal consumption

Word Origin for stash

C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for stash

"to conceal, hide," 1797, criminals' slang, of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of stow and cache. Related: Stashed; stashing.


"hoard, cache," 1914, from stash (v.). Slang sense of "personal supply of narcotics" is from 1942.

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