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

  • n. Nautical A small cabin or the cook's galley on a ship.
  • n. A small room, cupboard, or closet.
  • n. Scots A donkey.
  • n. Scots A fool; a dolt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a cabin, for the use of the captain, in the after part of a sailing ship under the poop deck
  • n. a small cupboard or closet
  • n. A donkey.
  • n. A pony that works in a mine.
  • n. The coalfish (Pollachius carbonarius).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ass; esp., one driven by a huckster or greengrocer.
  • n. A blockhead; a lout.
  • n. A lever mounted on a tripod for lifting stones, leveling up railroad ties, etc.
  • n. A small cabin: also, the galley or kitchen of a vessel.
  • n. The coalfish (Pollachius carbonarius).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ass; a donkey.
  • n. A stupid or silly fellow; a clown.
  • n. A lever mounted on a tripod for lifting stones, leveling up railroad-ties, etc.; a lever-jack.
  • n. Nautical, a room or cabin a baft and under the poop-deck, in which the officers and cabin-passengers take their meals; also, a sort of cabin or cook-room in lighters, barges, etc.; in small boats, a locker.
  • n. Hence Any small cupboard or storehouse for odds and ends.
  • n. A name of the coalfish.
  • n. The gallinule, Gallinula chloropus. Montagu.
  • n. A counterweight, a loaded truck used to balance the car on an incline.
  • n. Nautical: A platform in the stern of a fishing-boat, on which a drift-net is carried when not in use.

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

  • n. the galley or pantry of a small ship


Origin unknown.
Perhaps from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert, personal name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
Scots; compare Gaelic cudaig, cudainn, or English cuttlefish, or cod. (Wiktionary)



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  • "a sort of cabin or cook-room, in the fore-part, or near the stern, of a lighter, or barge of burden."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 112

    See also fore cutty.

    October 12, 2008

  • Scots - horse.

    December 6, 2007