Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small room; a cubbyhole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, confined space.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A snug or confined or secluded place; a small room or a snug space within a room.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A snug, confined place; a cubbyhole.
  • Snug; close.
  • n. A creel or basket of straw carried on the back and fastened by a strap across the chest: used in the Orkney and Shetland islands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small secluded room

Etymologies

Short for cubbyhole.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cub "stall". Cognate with French cagibi. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even if it's largely defined by her "cubby," which as far as I know, is the first time she'll have a designated space of her own outside the house.

    reveille!

  • This was drunk in a kind of cubby-hole off the night nursery, the three colonials having failed to fraternise with the posse of English servants who had been taken over with the house: a set of prim, starched pokers these, ran the verdict; and deceitful, too, with their “sirs” and “madams” to your face, and all the sneery backbiting that went on below-stairs.

    The Way Home

  • The Casimirs lived in a kind of cubby-hole way down Ste.

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

  • This last amusement soon grew quite absorbing, and her "cubby," as she called it, rapidly became a pretty grotto, where she lived like a little mermaid, daily loving more and more the beauty of the wonderful sea, Finding the boat too sunny at times, the boys cut long willow boughs and arched them over the seats, laying hemlock branches across till a green roof made it cool and shady inside.

    Jack And Jill

  • This last amusement soon grew quite absorbing, and her "cubby," as she called it, rapidly became a pretty grotto, where she lived like a little mermaid, daily loving more and more the beauty of the wonderful sea.

    Jack and Jill

  • After the classroom emptied I spoke with Stuart’s teacher and learned that my instincts had been correct: the worksheet incident was not an isolated one, Stuart consistently lost his homework or left it at home, and his cubby was a disaster.

    The Organized Student

  • Large Mid-Cabin with the open entrance so you don't feel like you are in the "cubby"

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  • For $375 a month / person (if you chose to share "a four-by-six cubby") or $530 to 800 a month (for a "cubby" of your very own), "artistically" - inclined twenty somethings get to rest their heads in spaces that one resident generously described as looking

    Dealbreaker

  • But you could consider building yourself a small "cubby" inside a closet.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • I actually gave all of my girls a "cubby" filled with their own toiletries that are clearly marked with names on them.

    Adoption Blogs

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  • In Australia, a child's playhouse.

    September 10, 2010

  • The king said the cubby would do for his valley -- meaning me. HF 26

    December 7, 2006