\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \
plural squabs

Definition of squab

1a : couch
b : 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

Other Words from squab

squab adjective

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 on the Web Though pigeon or squab has been the traditional poultry of choice, easier modern versions substitute chicken in the pie. Casey Barber, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Calling to me in winter are smoked squab breast with roasted chanterelles and venison paired with red cabbage and roasted squash, dishes that highlight the kitchen’s classic saucing. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 This $2090 upgrade allows the front occupants to adjust things like height and positions, of course, as well as squab inclination and depth, as well as lumbar support level and the side bolsters. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 13 Nov. 2021 Entrees include multiple game dishes like guinea fowl, venison and squab. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Give it a couple hours to open up and serve it with squab. Ted Loos, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2021 The standout item on the menu was the risotto which had an unrivaled rich flavor served alongside tender squab. Rana Good, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The chefs are tasked with creating a dish featuring either quail, duck, squab, turkey, or chukar (a type of partridge). Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 For the first elimination challenge, the chefs needed to prepare a dish featuring one of five birds: quail, squab, duck, turkey or chukar. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of squab

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squab

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabb loose, fat flesh

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27 Mar 2022

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“Squab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squab. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \

Kids Definition of squab

: a young pigeon especially when ready for use as food

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