cubbyhole

noun
cub·by·hole | \ˈkə-bē-ˌhōl \

Definition of cubbyhole 

: a small snug place (as for hiding or storage) also : a cramped space

Examples of cubbyhole in a Sentence

The car has lots of cubbyholes for small items. He keeps the key in a cubbyhole in his desk. He worked in a cubbyhole under the stairs.
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The design elements are meant to maximize space — from cubbyhole storage under the stairs to coat hooks that fold flat when not in use. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Tiny home village offers fun-sized travel experience," 4 June 2018 The sleepy lobby has an early 20th century look with a dark wood check-in desk and cubbyholes for guests’ mail. Bob Rountree, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Levy County: Get away from it all, and enjoy the clams, on remote Cedar Key," 6 May 2018 Police said the items were left unattended inside cubbyholes at Rockin' Jump, 950 Busch Parkway. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Buffalo Grove police: Officers help free coyote stuck in between homeowner's fence," 8 Mar. 2018 The boy in orange shorts huddled with three other boys in a cubbyhole at the base of a plastic fort. Jeneen Interlandi, New York Times, "Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?," 9 Jan. 2018 Gray metal shelving, seven tiers high with yellow plastic dividers separating individual cubbyholes, fills much of the hub. Rick Romell, USA TODAY, "Inside Amazon's amazing Prime Now two-hour delivery operation," 24 Dec. 2017 Gray metal shelving, seven tiers high with yellow plastic dividers separating individual cubbyholes, fills much of the hub. Rick Romell, USA TODAY, "Inside Amazon's amazing Prime Now two-hour delivery operation," 24 Dec. 2017 Gray metal shelving, seven tiers high with yellow plastic dividers separating individual cubbyholes, fills much of the hub. Rick Romell, USA TODAY, "Inside Amazon's amazing Prime Now two-hour delivery operation," 24 Dec. 2017 Gray metal shelving, seven tiers high with yellow plastic dividers separating individual cubbyholes, fills much of the hub. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Amazon workers fill Milwaukee shoppers' needs — from potato chips to ugly Christmas sweaters — with two-hour delivery," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cubbyhole

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cubbyhole was circa 1842

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cubbyhole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cubbyhole

: a small hole or space for storing things

: a place (such as a room) that is very small

cubbyhole

noun
cub·by·hole | \ˈkə-bē-ˌhōl \

Kids Definition of cubbyhole

: a snug place (as for storing things)

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