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cabbage

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noun, often attributive cab·bage \ˈka-bij\

Definition of cabbage

  1. 1 a :  any of several brassicas (Brassica oleracea) of European origin; especially :  a leafy garden plant (Brassica oleracea capitata) with a short stem and a dense globular head of usually green leaves that is used as a vegetable b :  any of several plants related to or resembling cabbage

  2. 2 slang :  money, cash

cabbagey

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cabbagy

\-bə-jē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of cabbage

Middle English caboche, from Middle French dialect (Norman & Picard), literally, head, noggin


First Known Use: 15th century


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cabbage

noun cab·bage

Definition of cabbage

  1. :  pieces of cloth left in cutting out garments and traditionally kept by tailors as perquisites

Origin and Etymology of cabbage

perhaps by folk etymology from Middle French cabas cheating, theft


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cabbage

verb cab·bage

Definition of cabbage

cabbaged

cabbaging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  steal, filch

Did You Know?

Does the "filching" meaning of cabbage bring to mind an image of thieves sneaking out of farm fields with armloads of pilfered produce? If so, you're in for a surprise. Today's featured word has nothing to do with the leafy vegetable. It originally referred to the practice among tailors of pocketing part of the cloth given to them to make garments. The verb was cut from the same cloth as an older British noun cabbage, which meant "pieces of cloth left in cutting out garments and traditionally kept by tailors as perquisites." Both of those ethically questionable cabbages probably derived from cabas, the Middle French word for "cheating or theft." The cabbage found in coleslaw, on the other hand, comes from Middle English caboche, which meant "head."

1691

First Known Use of cabbage

1691


CABBAGE Defined for Kids

cabbage

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noun cab·bage \ˈka-bij\

Definition of cabbage for Students

  1. :  a garden plant related to the turnips that has a round firm head of leaves used as a vegetable



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