Definition of cupboard in English:


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  • A cabinet or small recess with a door and typically shelves, used for storage.

    ‘a kitchen cupboard’
    • ‘There is a large walk-in airing cupboard and a family bathroom on this floor.’
    • ‘There is also a large built-in storage cupboard in the landing.’
    • ‘A utility room off the kitchen includes a fitted broom cupboard, floor units and stainless steel sink.’
    • ‘There is also a mystery surrounding some of the kitchen cupboard doors and drawers.’
    • ‘They can hold their attraction even through our wooden kitchen cupboard doors.’
    • ‘He opened a cupboard which was filled, ceiling to floor, with rows and rows of DVDs and videos.’
    • ‘Behind this is a family room with an open fireplace and built-in storage cupboards.’
    • ‘She set the cup back on the table then opened the cupboard under the sink.’
    • ‘He wondered whether anyone would object to him typing up his story in a nice, dark broom cupboard.’
    • ‘I find the small cupboard under the stairs and see that there is some food.’
    • ‘Upstairs are two bedrooms, a bathroom and an airing cupboard on the landing.’
    • ‘She led them through where they asked her to clear out the cupboard under the sink.’
    • ‘The three remaining double bedrooms are all painted white and one has a large walk-in cupboard.’
    • ‘Problem is, during the '90s, we let the cupboards go bare.’
    • ‘Tax cuts in two successive sessions, '97 and '99, left the state's cupboard bare.’
    • ‘For protecting and sustaining life, the cupboards go bare.’
    • ‘Work on the block had not finished so the screens had been moved to an unlocked store cupboard.’
    • ‘On the store cupboard shelves are trays of potatoes, cabbages and carrots.’
    • ‘I got out of the shower and searched the bathroom cupboards.’
    • ‘The entrance hall is spacious and has an understairs cloak cupboard.’
    booth, cubicle, kiosk, cabin, hut





    the cupboard is bare
    • There are no resources or money available for a particular purpose.

      ‘Second, Obama could be constrained by a simple fact: the cupboard is bare.’
      • ‘The cupboard is bare, we've given all we've got.’
      • ‘The cupboard is bare, the tank is empty.’
      • ‘The cupboard is bare on the eve of the World Cup.’
      • ‘They believe, unlike Ron Arnold, that the cupboard is bare.’
      • ‘The whole Conservative economic message is that " the cupboard is bare ".’
      • ‘Her response is to tell him that the cupboard is bare.’
      • ‘The problem is that the cupboard is bare behind Smith.’
      • ‘Now this has been got rid of and they will soon find that the cupboard is bare of good money-making ideas.’
      • ‘Currently, the cupboard is bare.’


Late Middle English (denoting a table or sideboard on which cups, plates, etc. were displayed): from cup+ board.