Origin of English word CUBBYHOLE

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The word CUBBYHOLE is addressed in the entry: CUBBY


English Word

CUBBY

Edenic Word

QooBaH

Hebrew Word

קבה

Transliteration

Koof-Bet-Hey

Pronounciation

KOOB-bah

Conversion

[ KBH]

Meaning

Small recess for storage

Roots

A CUBBY or CUBBYHOLE is dismissed by Webster's as a children's word for a snug place to play. In British dialect, however, a CUB means a small shed or enclosed space. The AHD cites Germanic kubon (hut, shed) and Middle Dutch cubbe (pen, stall).  קבה QooBaH (compartment, tent, hut, brothel) appears in Numbers25:8.   More guttural-bilabial covering at COVER.


Branches

HOVEL, COFFER, COFFIN and QUIVER all relate to a family of KB words like  K[H]ABA (to hide),  K[H]aPHAh (case – see COVER) and  QOOPaH 5 (cash box, basket).  Danish kupe is a compartment   The SCABBARD is more likely a KB receptacle (with another nonhistoric S before the guttural ) than from a root meaning “to cut” as the AHD conjectures.   The French cabinet is a toilet, a small room or ALCOVE to take care of bodily business.   Many a presidential CABINET also demonstrates links to toilets, brothels and sleeping compartments.

More at ALCOVE and CAB.


Related Words

COVER,ALCOVE,CAB



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