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cubby

[kuhb-ee] /ˈkʌb i/
noun, plural cubbies.
1.
2.
any of a group of small boxlike enclosures or compartments, open at the front, in which children can keep their belongings, as at a nursery school.
Origin of cubby
1835-1845
1835-45; dial. cub stall, shed (akin to cove1) + -y2
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cubby1

/ˈkʌbɪ/
noun (pl) -bies
1.
(Austral) a small room or enclosed area, esp one used as a child's play area

cubby2

/ˈkʌbɪ/
adjective
1.
(Midland English, dialect) short and plump; squat
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Word Origin and History for cubby
n.

1868, short for cubbyhole.

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cub 2

noun

A room or dwelling; pad: Let's go to my cub

[first form 1546+, second 1860s+; origin uncertain; related to Low German of the same meaning; the 1500s form refers to an animal's stall or shed; these senses are preserved more often in black English than in standard English]

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