cubbyhole

noun
cub·​by·​hole | \ ˈkə-bē-ˌhōl How to pronounce cubbyhole (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Performed without an interval, the production gains visual energy from the sudden appearance of props, embedded in cubbyholes to the side of the set: a roast dinner here, a record album or two there. Matt Wolf, New York Times, "In London, Contemporary Anxieties Take the Stage," 27 Feb. 2020 The back of the plane has been converted into a master suite, with a double bed and cubbyhole wall niches that become closets with space for hanging storage. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Airbnb in France Lets You Sleep on an Actual Airplane," 27 Dec. 2019 Flower stalls still blaze at the street corners and, in the side alleys of Chinatown, away from the sumptuous bazaars of Grant Avenue, ancient Chinese doze away their lives in cubbyhole shops filled with herbs and jade-green bowls. Lillian Symes, Harper's magazine, "San Francisco Blues," 25 Nov. 2019 Hanks, skeins and balls — from cloud-soft kid mohair to slightly felted, neon yellow merino wool from Uruguay to beginner-friendly, spaghetti-thick acrylics — pack the cubbyholes that hug the walls in the shop on Red Hill Avenue. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Of earls and purls: Costa Mesa knitting group makes accessories to look the part at ‘Downton Abbey’ showing," 13 Sep. 2019 Brett Gardner took a 1-2 splitter on or off the inside of the plate for strike three, returned to the dugout, slammed his bat into the helmet cubbyholes nine times and then eight times into the dugout roof. Ronald Blum, courant.com, "‘Savages’ sweep: Boone’s rant sparks Yankees over Rays in DH," 19 July 2019 At Capacity LLC’s fulfillment center in New Jersey, workers had been tediously scanning items from such companies as cosmetics maker Glossier Inc. and shoe retailer Stadium Goods LLC, then placing each product into one of 16 cubbyholes. Thomas Black, latimes.com, "New, more agile robots speed the takeover of jobs once done only by humans," 13 July 2019 Back in Atar, a collection of narrow, sandy lanes and cubbyhole shops, 26-year-old Zeinebou Mint Mohamed offers a glimpse into the girls' potential future. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "Forced to Be Fat," 21 July 2011 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cubbyhole. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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cubbyhole

noun
How to pronounce cubbyhole (audio)

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 How to pronounce cubbyhole (audio) \

Kids Definition of cubbyhole

: a snug place (as for storing things)

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