cub·​by ˈkə-bē How to pronounce cubby (audio)
plural cubbies
: 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 Bubble Guppies The much loved Nick Jr. and Amazon Prime Video kids' series features a fantastic episode—episode 1, season 3—in which the Bubble Guppies help kids find their cubbies and nap mats. Maressa Brown, Parents, 20 Aug. 2023 By 9:46, the kids lined up for recess, grabbing thick coats from their cubbies. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 For this kitchen, designer Andy Beers mixed open cubbies with splashes of red to allow the homeowner's blue midcentury tableware collection to anchor the space. 2 Use Shelves to Draw Focus Employ columns of open shelving to highlight a standout feature in your kitchen and display beloved ceramics. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 3 June 2023 The center console features a wireless smartphone charging pad and a couple of storage cubbies. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 25 Aug. 2023 At the entrance level are cubbies for shoes, along with two short doors that cover a recessed space under the stairs where the family stores their snowboards and other equipment. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2023 This popular pick from Wayfair has rectangular shape and features both an open cubby shelf and a handleless drawer. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2023 Consider taking the money saved on a box spring and putting it toward a platform frame that comes equipped with cubbies or shelves. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 The center console is voluminous, and there are plenty of cubbies to collect the detritus of modern life. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cubby was in 1832

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“Cubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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