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Meaning of SQUAB

Pronunciation:  skwâb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an unfledged pigeon
  2. [n]  a soft padded sofa
  3. [n]  flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
  4. [adj]  short and fat

SQUAB is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dove, short, squabby
 See Also: couch, domestic pigeon, lounge, pigeon, poultry, sofa



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Squab\, a. [Cf. dial. Sw. sqvabb a soft and fat body,
    sqvabba a fat woman, Icel. kvap jelly, jellylike things, and
    and E. quab.]
    1. Fat; thick; plump; bulky.
             Nor the squab daughter nor the wife were nice.
    2. Unfledged; unfeathered; as, a squab pigeon. --King.
  2. \Squab\, n.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A neatling of a pigeon or other similar bird,
       esp. when very fat and not fully fledged.
    2. A person of a short, fat figure.
             Gorgonious sits abdominous and wan, Like a fat squab
             upon a Chinese fan.                   --Cowper.
    3. A thickly stuffed cushion; especially, one used for the
       seat of a sofa, couch, or chair; also, a sofa.
             Punching the squab of chairs and sofas. --Dickens.
             On her large squab you find her spread. --Pope.
  3. \Squab\, adv. [Cf. dial. Sw. squapp, a word imitative of a
    splash, and E. squab fat, unfledged.]
    With a heavy fall; plump. [Vulgar]
          The eagle took the tortoise up into the air, and
          dropped him down, squab, upon a rock.    --L'Estrange.
  4. \Squab\, v. i.
    To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.