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[kuhb-ee-hohl] /ˈkʌb iˌhoʊl/
a small, snug place.
Origin of cubbyhole
1835-45; cubby + hole Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cubbyhole
  • The team suspected that appellant was hiding in a cubbyhole upstairs.
  • He was arrested after officers talked him into coming down from a ceiling cubbyhole in which he was hiding.
  • The cubbyhole nature of large organizations created places where people holed up and worked individually.
  • For that, there's a cubbyhole that allows a designated engineer to go under and fix it.
  • What strikes me is how similar the idea behind this is to the cubbyhole in the first slide.
  • He cast a wide swath from a cubbyhole crammed with audio tapes which he used for research for radio broadcasts.
  • Each worker checked his cubbyhole at the end of the work day for a piece of paper that had been placed there by a manager.
British Dictionary definitions for cubbyhole


a small enclosed space or room
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

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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