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[kuhb-ee] /ˈkʌb i/
noun, plural cubbies.
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
1835-45; dial. cub stall, shed (akin to cove1) + -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cubby
  • The rear cup holders slid from their cubby with lubricated ease.
  • Artificial cubby sets are also standard for raccoon.
  • cubby sets are used for mink and muskrats where the bank slopes too much to make a pocket set.
  • cubby and flag sets are not allowed when the lynx season is closed, as it is this year.
  • The serial number is located on a sticker in a cubby on the driver's side.
  • Artificial cubby set means any manufactured container with an opening on one end that houses a trapping device.
  • These sets include placing traps out of reach of dogs through the use of running pole-sets or the use of dog-proof cubby sets.
  • Susi stays close to her father as he hangs up her clothes and puts some things in her cubby.
  • Or, you can take it a step further by installing a new mailbox that also includes an open cubby for newspapers.
British Dictionary definitions for cubby


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


(Midland English, dialect) short and plump; squat
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Word Origin and History for cubby

1868, short for cubbyhole.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cubby

cub 2


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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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