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 Taco Bell’s cubby system comes in the wake of similar concepts tried by other chains, both successes and failures. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, "Want to Grab Your Food Pickup Order From a Locker? Taco Bell Bets You Do.," 4 May 2021 Its integrated pen cubby looks virtually identical to the one on the Surface Pro X. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Dell's new Latitude 7320 Detachable will take on the Surface Pro 7+," 27 Apr. 2021 The cubby holes holding keys to the 14 rooms and cabins Nuñez rents out are nearly all stuffed with messages and mail. Washington Post, "A road like no other, in peril like never before," 27 Feb. 2021 More than a year later, Flavia Peréa is still seeking basic information about what happened that day in the first-grade cubby area. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "From bad to worse: Bruins knocked down again in New York, this time by Rangers," 26 Feb. 2021 On every day except Sunday, my uncle Guy faces a wall of cubby holes in the back of a post office in southern Arizona. The Economist, "Behind the news Delivering the election: a rural mailman makes his rounds," 28 Oct. 2020 Microsoft’s nifty, rechargeable Surface Slim Pen, which resides within the Signature Keyboard’s cubby, will still be sold separately. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft refreshes Surface Pro X tablet with a faster SQ2 chip and new color options," 1 Oct. 2020 Dear Heloise: Many of us have desks with a cubby for a computer tower, but no longer have a desktop computer. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Raccoons didn’t want to face the music," 15 Oct. 2020 Microsoft debuted the Surface Pro X less than a year ago, significantly revamping the Surface tablet hardware with additional USB-C ports and the rechargeable pen cubby. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft refreshes Surface Pro X tablet with a faster SQ2 chip and new color options," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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14 May 2021

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“Cubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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