Definition of squab
1a : couchb : a cushion for a chair or couch
2 or plural squab : a fledgling bird; specifically : a fledgling pigeon about four weeks old
3 : a short fat person
Examples of squab in a Sentence
at one point Robinson Crusoe tells of making a rough-hewn squab with the skins of animals he had killed
Recent Examples of squab from the Web
Stay for dinner: Alain Ducasse’s IDAM, on the top floor, has French–meets–Persian Gulf dishes like squab with dates and turmeric.
Pinckney was at the dinner that night, trying to acknowledge and refute history over watermelon brandy, chowchow, shrimp pie, chapon chasseur, and truffled squab served with silver ewers of walnut ketchup.
The poor passenger will perch atop a sculpted squab that has more in common with a horse-saddle than a comfy chair.
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Origin and Etymology of squab
probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabb loose, fat flesh
First Known Use: 1664See Words from the same year
SQUAB Defined for Kids
Definition of squab for Students
: a young pigeon especially when ready for use as food
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