Definition of caboose in English:

caboose

noun

  • 1North American A railway wagon with accommodation for the train crew, typically attached to the end of the train.

    • ‘At each stop, children visit with Santa Claus in the caboose before touring two more cars full of holiday displays.’
    • ‘This is only worth noting because the train had a caboose, which is rarely seen these days.’
    • ‘The conductor and brakeman in the caboose were forgotten about!’
    • ‘My friends asked what the devices laying on a rack by the yard office were and I briefly explained end of train devices and how they replaced the caboose and how we had one on our own train.’
    • ‘Several train cabooses have been moved to the resort, set on rail tracks and equipped with bathrooms, heat, and beds.’
    • ‘This shop was later shut down with the end of the use of cabooses on most freight trains.’
    • ‘In 1888, two cabooses were obtained and put in service.’
    • ‘The pusher crew was a special class of service, because they had to run around a caboose at Alleghany anyway, so the crew was already making ‘local rate-of-pay.’’
    • ‘We all switched trains, I was offered the chance to ride in the caboose which would lead the way back to Greenbank.’
    • ‘A list of the most influential hip-hop cultural figures of the last 20 years is the caboose on this train.’
    • ‘Michael and I also rode in one direction on the upper seats in the train's caboose.’
    • ‘At the western end the flagman cuts off his caboose and stands at the hand-brake, easing down the speed.’
    • ‘Aside from the two conductors and two tail-end brakemen riding in the cabooses there was an engineer and fireman on each of the four steam locomotives and a head-end brakeman on the assist engines.’
    • ‘The caboose starts suddenly, then eases to a gentle roll.’
    • ‘Steam locomotives gave way to diesels, and cabooses were replaced by little boxes.’
    • ‘At the end of the train was an open caboose where we were able to view the mountain scenery more clearly.’
    • ‘Pooled cabooses stayed with a train to final destination and the crew slept in a bunkhouse like the engine crews had always done.’
    • ‘The run up the Sqaulicum line is made in reverse, with the engine pushing any cars, and a caboose leading the way on the long back-up move to the cold storage plant.’
    • ‘The types of trains, and what is between the locomotive and the caboose can be chosen before embarking on your journey.’
    • ‘There's only one thing I like more than eating my roast beef sandwich, and that's eating my roast beef sandwich in the caboose of the train.’
    buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeks
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  • 2archaic A kitchen on a ship's deck.

    • ‘The ship's caboose occupied a prominent position in the centre of the encampment; and a small well dug on one side proved that the most methodical attention had been paid by the commander to the comforts of his shipwrecked crew and passengers.’
    • ‘There was only one caboose for all the emigrants in common, but occasionally the ship's caboose was used in addition.’
    buttocks, backside, behind, rear end, rump, seat, haunches, hindquarters, cheeks
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

caboose

/kəˈbuːs/