ca·​boose kə-ˈbüs How to pronounce caboose (audio)
: a ship's galley
: a freight-train car attached usually to the rear mainly for the use of the train crew
: one that follows or brings up the rear

Examples of caboose in a Sentence

I couldn't even make it down the bunny slope without ending up on my caboose
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Word History


probably from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, from Middle Low German kabūse

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caboose was in 1732

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“Caboose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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ca·​boose kə-ˈbüs How to pronounce caboose (audio)
: a car usually at the rear of a freight train for the use of the train crew and railroad workers

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