cub·​by | \ ˈkə-bē How to pronounce cubby (audio) \
plural cubbies

Definition of cubby

: a small, snug place (as for hiding or storage) : cubbyhole Each boy on coming in gives his name, pays six cents, gets a key, and puts away his hat, books, and jacket (if he has 'em) in his own cubby for the night.— Madeleine B. Stern The room was little more than a cubby choked with wires, splitters, routers, and electronic boxes. You would have said there was no room for a man.— Stephen King

Examples of cubby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rotary controller and buttons that lived on the center console are gone, replaced by a small cubby. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi S5 Sportback Strikes Just the Right Compromise," 30 Apr. 2020 Another logbook commenter found storage cubbies to be lacking, as filling the front cupholders with cups blocks the usefully sized bin located behind them. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Our Long-Term 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Was a Love Story," 27 Apr. 2020 All the hospital cubbies — made from metal frames and white plastic walls — were the same: bed, chair, bedside table, reading lamp, overhead lights and copper tubing that delivers the oxygen that patients need. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "ER doctor in charge of Detroit's TCF Center describes what it's like for patients," 17 Apr. 2020 Or, leave an empty space to create a more open feeling and the possibility to add other types of storage solutions, like shelving, cubbies, or pegboard. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "10 Kitchen Design Questions, Answered by an Expert," 18 Mar. 2020 Then head to The Container Store or any mass-market store like Target or Walmart and hunt for cubbies, stackable boxes, baskets, shelves or other storage units. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Jill Martin is your guide to dorm room awesomeness: 'You're making this your little house'," 13 Aug. 2019 The designer scoured internet auction sites for vintage pieces like the wash stand in the powder room and a set of cubbies for the mudroom. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A 1780s Farmhouse Gets an Eco-Friendly Makeover," 14 Jan. 2020 There are plenty of storage cubbies in the front-seat area. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Our 2020 Kia Telluride Is Proving to Be Frustratingly Sturdy," 13 Jan. 2020 Instead, there was a corner of classy individual cubbies, featuring frosted glass for privacy with toilets and sinks. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: July was so hot that it should cause alarm for everyone," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cubby

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cubby

obsolete English cub pen, from Dutch kub fish basket; akin to Old English cofa den

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“Cubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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