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caboose

[kuh-boos] /kəˈbus/
noun
1.
a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usually attached to the rear of the train.
2.
British. a kitchen on the deck of a ship; galley.
3.
Slang. the buttocks.
Origin of caboose
early modern Dutch
1740-1750
1740-50; < early modern Dutch cabūse (Dutch kabuis) ship's galley, storeroom; compare Low German kabuus, kabüse, Middle Low German kabuse booth, shed; further origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for caboose
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  • Then how bright and cosy the interior of the caboose, that was now his home, seemed during the occasional visits that he paid it.

    Cab and Caboose Kirk Munroe
  • The conductor and crew of the local freight were lounging comfortably in the caboose.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • A boy whom I had seen busy in the caboose soon came down with a kettle of hot tea.

    Tales of the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • The man addressed as “Jack” sprang alertly to the roof of the caboose.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • They rode in the caboose, the small red cupola-topped car jerked along at the end of the train.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • He was not on top of any of the cars, nor in the caboose, and must have been left behind.

    Cab and Caboose Kirk Munroe
  • Of kitchen utensils we were greatly in want, almost everything having been lost in the caboose when it was washed away.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
  • You 'tack me and I'll have you in the caboose, sure's my name's Gedney Raffer.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Once we had to ride on a special engine; and frequently the caboose of a freight train served our desperate purpose.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • Forward is the caboose of the crew, a wide, low, but roomy erection.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for caboose

caboose

/kəˈbuːs/
noun
1.
(US, informal) short for calaboose
2.
(railways, US & Canadian) a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
3.
(nautical)
  1. a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
  2. (mainly Brit) the galley itself
4.
(Canadian)
  1. a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc
  2. an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch cabūse, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for caboose
n.

1747, "ship's cookhouse," from Middle Dutch kambuis "ship's galley," from Low German kabhuse "wooden cabin on ship's deck;" probably a compound whose elements correspond to English cabin and house (n.). Railroading sense is by 1859.

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Slang definitions & phrases for caboose

caboose

noun

A jail

[1860s+; prob fr calaboose, ''jail'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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