Definitions

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

  • n. A snug or cramped space or room.
  • n. A small compartment.
  • n. A category, especially an overly restrictive one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, cramped room.
  • n. A small compartment; a pigeonhole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small compartment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small, close apartment, or inclosed space; a closet, or any similar confined place; hence, humorously, a very small house; a cot.

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

  • n. a small secluded room
  • n. a small compartment

Etymologies

From cub, pen, hutch (perhaps from Flemish cubbe, from Middle Flemish) + hole.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
cubby +‎ hole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “‘And this room you call the cubbyhole, does it have a separate key?’

    Maigret and the Madwoman—Simenon, Georges - 100

  • Also at the cubbyhole is a nifty steampunk ocular set and cute PJs, and a ... skeleton hand ... thingie.

    Fashion World of SL

  • I slept in whatever kind of cubbyhole they had -- slept in Wayne's office at Anna Maria's -- and I'll tell you, I didn't miss what you call "the trappings of stardom" at all.

    I Tina

  • "cubbyhole" with access to just one computer, phone line and printer, Wanzco said, adding that other departing lawmakers will have similar accommodations during the transition.

    Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher

  • She kept a fifth in a cubbyhole behind the exhaust pipe above the stove and ate mustard greens and onions and sauerkraut to cover her breath.

    Sweet Sour

  • However, many of the apartment complexes here in Kent and some of the exurbs at least in design appear like a co-housing design (lots of inner courtyards, some isolation from parked cars) than the concrete cubbyhole condos that infected the city during the reign of the egregious Greg Nichols.

    Co-Housing Trend Hits Seattle « PubliCola

  • Meanwhile, a Donilon move to the big office across the hall could open the way for NSC chief of staff Denis R. McDonough to move up out of the basement to Donilon's cubbyhole office.

    Is national security deputy Donilon moving up?

  • They followed him into a windowless cubbyhole with an old wooden desk and tall stacks of books piled against the walls.

    The Omega Theory

  • When my wife was in the hospital, a doctor gave the woman in the cubbyhole next to us detailed instructions before her gynecologic surgery.

    Richard C. Senelick, M.D.: Little Privacy in Health Care -- Shame on Us

  • Martin Eden, with blood still crawling from contact with his brother-in-law, felt his way along the unlighted back hall and entered his room, a tiny cubbyhole with space for a bed, a wash - stand, and one chair.

    Chapter 4

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.