Definition of cubby in US English:


nounPlural cubbies

North American
  • A cubbyhole.

    • ‘This panel tucked into the wall puts a lot of storage and communication help in a small space: three storage drawers, a bulletin board, mail cubbies, cell phone ledge, and a small cabinet.’
    • ‘I pulled a twenty dollar bill out from the front cubby of the jet ski where the registration papers and a ‘rules of the road’ kind of booklet were kept.’
    • ‘Situated between two columns, the fireplace is flanked by a large soapstone sink on one side and a gas-fired barbecue with a side burner on the other; a cubby for wood storage is beneath.’
    • ‘But I ended up simply placing the hat in your cubby.’
    • ‘This hardworking area features a full work desk with mail cubbies and drawers, whole-house intercom, and room for a computer.’
    • ‘I rushed to the cubby room behind Elizabeth and sure enough, Ryan was leaning against his cubby reading the small scrap of paper with my handwriting all over it.’
    • ‘I headed to my cubby where I kept my books and other schoolwork, and then sat down at a corner desk by myself.’
    • ‘The doctor consults a chart, then walks over to a cubby, opens the door, and pulls back the cart with the plastic bag lying on top.’
    • ‘One of Sean's eyebrows arched when he noticed three other school bags in those cubbies.’
    • ‘The dishwasher was raised off the floor and the microwave set in a cubby just below counter height, making both appliances accessible without bending or reaching.’
    • ‘Cubicle walls cut the vast interior space creating a maze of semi-private cubbies.’
    • ‘She had packaged the cookies in tin foil, then put the tinfoil in a plastic grocery bag so that Bridget could hang it in her cubby at school.’
    • ‘Workstations can start simply with a flat surface for writing, a light to read and a place to store workbooks and assignments, such as a cubby or folder with each student's name.’
    • ‘He often used it to hide Christmas presents or birthday paraphernalia, due to the fact she never seemed to remember where the cubby was.’
    • ‘We trust each other enough that students eating at Café Mac leave their bags in the cubbies outside the dining hall.’
    • ‘The huge old kitchen was rife with cabinets and cubbies, drawers and cupboards, shelves and pie-safes, and each one had been crammed full.’
    • ‘A house of this size does not leave much room for frippery and single-task space, so many areas double as sleeping cubbies for overflow visitors.’
    • ‘When students leave their garbage in classrooms, cubbies and common areas, other students are forced to clean it up if they want to utilise that area.’
    • ‘I rushed to the orchestra room and slipped it underneath her violin in her cubby (stationed beside mine) and then left to go home.’
    • ‘Police apprehended and arrested an individual suspected of stealing students' backpacks from the cubbies on the lower level of the Campus Center on Nov. 15.’
    small room, booth, cubicle
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Mid 17th century (originally Scots, denoting a straw basket): related to dialect cub ‘stall, pen, hutch’, of Low German origin.