The growth or formation of a head or heart (by a cabbage, lettuce, etc.).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Leonard Meager (c1624–c1704), gardener and writer on gardening. From cabbage + -ing.
The action of "cabbage"; pilfering, purloining.
attributive in earliest use.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Diverting Muse. From cabbage + -ing.