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[adj., n. pree-fab; v. pree-fab] /adj., n. ˈpriˌfæb; v. priˈfæb/
something that is prefabricated, as a building or fixture:
You would never know that such an attractive house is a prefab.
verb (used with object), prefabbed, prefabbing.
to prefabricate.
Origin of prefab
1935-40; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prefab
  • Perhaps this was because the prefab-housing business was not doing well.
  • Those who are religious merely had to choose a prefab philosophy based on religion that they felt was the best for them.
  • prefab buildings in primary colours are scattered over a rocky and hilly terrain.
  • Today, that land is covered by rows of identical prefab houses.
  • That's the hog house, that long green wooden prefab that rests on metal piers.
  • Installing one of those prefab, snap-together wood-flooring kits is a lot easier than shaping and sanding rough planks.
  • Think of it as a prefab house that builds itself using chemistry.
  • Many of the houses are prefab, and squat on pilings atop small squares of soggy land.
  • prefab construction tends to conjure up visions of mobile homes being torn apart by hurricanes.
  • We'd done as much prefab as possible, so it was time to start on the old house.
British Dictionary definitions for prefab


  1. a building that is prefabricated, esp a small house
  2. (as modifier): a prefab house
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Word Origin and History for prefab

1937, short for prefabricated (see prefabricate). As a noun, "prefabricated housing," from 1942.

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