squab

squab

[skwob]
noun, plural squabs, (especially collectively for 1) squab.
1.
a nestling pigeon, marketed when fully grown but still unfledged.
2.
a short, stout person.
3.
a thickly stuffed, soft cushion.
adjective
4.
short and thick or broad.
5.
(of a bird) unfledged or newly hatched.

Origin:
1630–40; probably < Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect skvabb loose, fat flesh, skvabba fat woman, Norwegian skvabb soft wet mass

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squab (skwɒb)
 
n , pl squabs, squab
1.  a young unfledged bird, esp a pigeon
2.  a short fat person
3.  a.  a well-stuffed bolster or cushion
 b.  a sofa
 
adj
4.  (of birds) recently hatched and still unfledged
5.  short and fat
 
[C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare Swedish dialect sqvabb flabby skin, sqvabba fat woman, German Quabbe soft mass, Norwegian kvabb mud]
 
'squabby
 
adj

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squab
1682, "very young bird," earlier (1640) "unformed, lumpish person" and used at various times for any sort of flabby mass from sea slugs to sofa cushions; probably from a Scand. word (cf. dialectal Swed. skvabb "loose or fat flesh," skvabba "fat woman"), from P.Gmc. *(s)kwab- (cf. O.Pruss. gawabo "toad,"
O.C.S. zaba "frog").
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