Meaning of “cubbyhole” in the English Dictionary

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"cubbyhole" in British English

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cubbyholenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkʌb.i.həʊl/ us /ˈkʌb.i.hoʊl/

Examples from literature

  • He popped back into his cubbyhole. 
  • His first visit there was to a small room in the basement—a dark cubbyhole next to the coal room. 
  • I could not imagine what this little cubbyhole was, but as there seemed to be nowhere else to go, I went in. 
  • It opened along lines previously concealed by the wood's grain and revealed a small cubbyhole built into the wall, probably meant for its present use, concealment. 
  • Some of these cubbyholes were so tiny that a canary bird could scarcely have hidden in them, while other places where the stewards looked would have hidden a giant. 

(Definition of “cubbyhole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cubbyhole" in American English

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cubbyholenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkʌb·iˌhoʊl/

a very small room or space

(Definition of “cubbyhole” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)