Meaning of cubbyhole in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʌbɪhəʊl/

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  • 1A small enclosed space or room.

    ‘she works in a cubbyhole next to his office’
    • ‘The bungalow was tiny, consisting of one bedroom, a living room, bathroom, a small cubbyhole where the kitchen crockery and utensils were kept, and an airy verandah which went round two sides of the building.’
    • ‘Sure enough, the General's parrot sat on its perch in the corner of the cramped cubbyhole that was his room.’
    • ‘Outdoor play space also should include cubbyholes or spaces that can serve as role-game features.’
    • ‘Ivy found herself in a miserable cubbyhole disguised as a room that she suddenly realized she would be sharing with that monster who had the audacity to think himself her husband.’
    • ‘He had a cubbyhole of a room in the very top of the Library of Congress, and stacks and stacks of records all around.’
    • ‘When she had mentioned a games room before I had imagined a snug cubbyhole where several men would be sat around a baize table playing cards and smoking cigars.’
    • ‘It's fairly small for its type with only a single row of cubbyholes across the back.’
    • ‘You're cooped up all day with dozens of other reporters in a space that is about the size of your average suburban house - briefing room upstairs, a warren of cubbyholes and desks in the basement downstairs.’
    • ‘Preparations to depart took a long time, so I unpacked and stowed my belongings in the many drawers, cabinets and cubbyholes in the cabin, took a shower to rinse off the sweat, then settled in to read a book.’
    • ‘Familiar bends and twists in the hallway lead her past cubbyholes and labs of other researchers.’
    • ‘Your own private retreat can be as simple as an attic cubbyhole or as sophisticated as a daybed.’
    • ‘One of these places was my cubbyhole near the kitchens.’
    • ‘The cabin is well-planned and has generous storage spaces, with two deep cubbyholes either side of the central console, plus a double-lidded glove box.’
    • ‘The centre console is more modern, the dash more interesting and the car retains the myriad cubbyholes and storage areas that have made it such a practical vehicle in the past.’
    • ‘Inside, there are lots of cubbyholes and larger storage areas, and the fascia controls for heating, audio system and security are nice and large.’
    • ‘The workstation and its cubbyholes are meticulously planned with no wasted space.’
    • ‘It fits neatly into the cubbyhole next to my bed - my measurements must have been spot on when I checked the cubbyhole for size, because when I got the TV home, it literally could not be a millimetre taller or else it wouldn't have done.’
    • ‘He looked in all the rooms, searching for a cubbyhole that would hold a bed.’
    • ‘Many rooms have recessed cubbyhole walls, or even closets which you might like to open up, for exposed shelving.’
    • ‘He opened the connecting door between his cabin and Gregor's cubbyhole.’
    small room, booth, cubicle
    compartment, pigeonhole, niche
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    1. 1.1South African A glove compartment in a car.
      ‘The cubbyhole was hanging open and so was the ashtray, neither of which I ever use unless I am transporting contraband.’
      • ‘I listen to the radio, and there is always the Blarney Brothers CD on hand in the cubbyhole as an alternative.’
      • ‘My favourite creature comfort: the air-conditioned cubbyhole; just the place to keep a cold drink in hot weather.’