Definition of Squab

1. Noun. Flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled.

Exact synonyms: Dove
Group relationships: Domestic Pigeon
Generic synonyms: Poultry

2. Adjective. Short and fat.
Exact synonyms: Squabby
Similar to: Little, Short

3. Noun. A soft padded sofa.
Generic synonyms: Couch, Lounge, Sofa

4. Noun. An unfledged pigeon.
Generic synonyms: Pigeon

Definition of Squab

1. a. Fat; thick; plump; bulky.

2. n. A neatling of a pigeon or other similar bird, esp. when very fat and not fully fledged.

3. adv. With a heavy fall; plump.

4. v. i. To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.

Definition of Squab

1. Noun. A baby pigeon or dove. ¹

2. Noun. The meat of a squab (i.e. a young (domestic) pigeon or dove) used as food. ¹

3. Noun. A baby rook. ¹

4. Noun. A thick cushion, especially a flat one covering the seat of a chair or sofa. ¹

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Definition of Squab

1. a young pigeon [n -S]

Medical Definition of Squab

1. 1. Fat; thick; plump; bulky. "Nor the squab daughter nor the wife were nice." (Betterton) 2. Unfledged; unfeathered; as, a squab pigeon. Origin: Cf. Dial. Sw. Sqvabb a soft and fat body, sqvabba a fat woman, Icel. Kvap jelly, jellylike things, and and E. Quab. 1. A neatling of a pigeon or other similar bird, especially. 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) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Squab

sq ft
sq in
sq yd
squab pie
squab pies

Literary usage of Squab

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. City Homes on Country Lanes: Philosophy and Practice of the Home-in-a-garden by William Ellsworth Smythe (1921)
"The comparatively few who do include broiled squab in their bill-of-fare do so ... As a matter of fact, broiled squab ought to be as common as are canned ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Uniform in shape. (r) Meat qualities. Generally too small. Lack economical dressing quality. Unsatisfactory except for squab broilers, ..."

3. A complete and universal English dictionaryby James Barclay by James Barclay (1792)
"squab-PIE,/, a yie made of ... squab,/ a kind of fofa er couch ; a fluffed million. In Cookery, a chicken, ice. fo youne я« ..."

4. Mary Elizabeth's War Time Recipes, Containing ... Recipes for Wheatless by Mary Elizabeth (1918)
"squab ON HOMINY SQUARES The United States Food Commission says: "Eat delicacies." So those who love squab may indulge with a clear conscience, provided they ..."

5. Progressive Poultry Culture: A Text-book of Study and Practice in the by Arthur Amber Brigham (1907)
"A large number of fowls are grown to maturity and used or sold! for breeding stock. Not a few birds are grown for exhibition purposes. squab- ..."

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