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cubbyhole

[kuhb-ee-hohl] /ˈkʌb iˌhoʊl/
noun
2.
a small, snug place.
Origin of cubbyhole
1835-1845
1835-45; cubby + hole
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British Dictionary definitions for cubbyhole

cubbyhole

/ˈkʌbɪˌhəʊl/
noun
1.
a small enclosed space or room
2.
any small compartment, such as a pigeonhole
Often shortened to cubby (ˈkʌbɪ)
Word Origin
C19: from dialect cub cattle pen; see cove1
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Word Origin and History for cubbyhole
n.

1825, the first element possibly from a diminutive of cub "stall, pen, cattle shed, coop, hutch" (1540s), a dialect word with apparent cognates in Low German (e.g. East Frisian kubbing, Dutch kub). Or related to cuddy "small room, cupboard" (1793), originally "small cabin in a boat" (1650s), from Dutch kajuit, from French cahute. Or perhaps simply a children's made-up word.

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