cupboard

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A cupboard.

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From Middle English cuppebord.

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cupboard (plural cupboards)

  1. An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.
    Put the cups in the cupboard.
    • 1932, Maurice Baring, chapter 20, Friday's Business[1]:
      Eurydice pointed to the cupboard, and sat down on the low divan with folded hands, and looked at the floor.
    • 1997, J. K. Rowling, “The Vanishing Glass”, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:
      Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept.
  2. (obsolete) A table or sideboard on which to display or store cups, dishes etc.

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cupboard (third-person singular simple present cupboards, present participle cupboarding, simple past and past participle cupboarded)

  1. To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.