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

  • n. Any of several forms of a European vegetable (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) of the mustard family, having a globose head consisting of a short stem and tightly overlapping green to purplish leaves.
  • n. Any of several similar or related plants, such as Chinese cabbage.
  • n. The terminal bud of several species of palm, eaten as a vegetable.
  • n. Slang Money, especially in the form of bills.
  • n. Informal Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) having a head of green leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable.
  • n. A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage.
  • n. Used as a term of endearment.
  • n. Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
  • n. Money
  • n. Marijuana leaf, the part you don't smoke but have to first extract into cannabutter and bake into spacecake to get high off.
  • v. To form a head like that of the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage.
  • v. To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An esculent vegetable of many varieties, derived from the wild Brassica oleracea of Europe. The common cabbage has a compact head of leaves. The cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc., are sometimes classed as cabbages.
  • n. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree, below.
  • n. The cabbage palmetto. See below.
  • n. Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
  • intransitive v. To form a head like that the cabbage.
  • intransitive v. To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form a head like that of a cabbage in growing: as, a plant cabbages.
  • To grow to a head: said of the horns of a deer.
  • To purloin; specifically, to keep possession of part of a customer's cloth from which a garment has been made.
  • To crib or appropriate dishonestly; use surreptitiously; cab.
  • n. A variety of Brassica oleracea in which the thick, rounded, and strongly veined leaves are crowded in a large compact head upon a short, stout stem. See Brassica.
  • n. The large terminal bud of some kinds of palms, as the cabbage-palm.
  • n. The part of a deer's head wherein the horns are set.
  • n. A part of a head-dress worn by women in the eighteenth century, described as a roll at the back of the head.
  • n. Anything filched; specifically, cloth purloined by a tailor who makes garments from material supplied by his customers.
  • n. See gall-weevil, etc.
  • n. A cab or crib, used surreptitiously by a school-boy in preparing his lessons or writing his exercises.

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

  • n. any of various cultivars of the genus Brassica oleracea grown for their edible leaves or flowers
  • n. any of various types of cabbage
  • n. informal terms for money
  • v. make off with belongings of others


Middle English caboche, from Old North French, head, possibly from alteration of Latin caput; see capital1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman caboche, "head", from the Picard or Norman/Old Northern French dialect of Old French. This in turn is a variant of the Old French caboce, possibly related to boce ("hump, bump"); cf. also Latin caput. (Wiktionary)


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  • "Boiled cabbage à l'Anglaise is something compared with which steamed coarse newsprint bought from bankrupt Finnish salvage dealers and heated over smoky oil stoves is an exquisite delicacy."

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  • "Verb. 1. To sit around doing little, to be idle. E.g.'It was a great holiday, we just sat around cabbaging, topping up our tans and drinking cocktails.'
    2. To damage, to injure. E.g.'Last year I cabbaged my knee playing football, and it's still not fully recovered.' Northern use?"

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  • See also brassicaceous.

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