1 [kab-ij]
any of several cultivated varieties of a plant, Brassica oleracea capitata, of the mustard family, having a short stem and leaves formed into a compact, edible head.
the head or leaves of this plant, eaten cooked or raw.
Slang. money, especially paper money.
Chiefly British Informal.
a stupid, dull, or spiritless person.
a mentally impaired person who is unable to live independently; vegetable.

1350–1400; Middle English caboche, caboge, cabage head of cabbage < dialectal Old French (Picardy, Normandy) literally, head, noggin, equivalent to ca- formative in expressive words, of uncertain origin + boche; see boss2, botch2

cabbagelike, adjective Unabridged


2 [kab-ij]
Chiefly British.
cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
Also called cab. such scraps used for reprocessing.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), cabbaged, cabbaging.
to steal; pilfer: He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.

1615–25; earlier carbage shred, piece of cloth, apparently variant of garbage wheat straw chopped small (obsolete sense) Unabridged
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cabbage1 (ˈkæbɪdʒ)
1.  brassica See also savoy skunk cabbage Compare Chinese cabbage Also called: cole any of various cultivated varieties of the plant Brassica oleracea capitata, typically having a short thick stalk and a large head of green or reddish edible leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2.  wild cabbage a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred
3.  a.  the head of a cabbage
 b.  the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm
4.  informal a dull or unimaginative person
5.  informal, offensive a person who has no mental faculties and is dependent on others for his or her subsistence
[C14: from Norman French caboche head; perhaps related to Old French boce hump, bump, Latin caput head]

cabbage2 (ˈkæbɪdʒ)
1.  snippets of cloth appropriated by a tailor from a customer's material
2.  to steal; pilfer
[C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French cabas theft]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., caboge, from M.Fr. caboche "head" (in the Channel Islands, "cabbage"), from O.Fr. caboce "head," from L. caput "head" (see head). Introduced to Canada 1541 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage. First written record of it in U.S. is 1660s. The decline of "ch" to
"j" in the unaccented final syllable parallels the common pronunciation of spinach, sandwich, Greenwich, etc.
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Example sentences
After potatoes, perhaps no vegetable has kept more bellies full in more places
  through winter than cabbage.
However, cabbage leaves stuffed with pike-perch in vegetable sauce were
  canceled from the menu for some reason.
The smothered cabbage, speckled with nuggets of garlicky sausage, brought high
  honor to the vegetable kingdom.
Jellyfish species have all kinds of offbeat common names: fried-egg jellies,
  cabbage heads, big reds.
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