- IPA(key): /ˈkæbɪdʒ/
- Hyphenation: cab‧bage
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- Homophones: CABG (one pronunciation)
From Middle English caboche, cabage (“cabbage”; “a certain fish”), a borrowing from Anglo-Norman caboche (“head”), a northern variant of caboce, of uncertain origin. Some authorities derive it from Latin caput (“head”), others from ca- (said to be an expressive prefix) + boce (“hump; bump”)..
- An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) having a head of green leaves.
- (uncountable) The leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable.
- Cabbage is good for you.
- (countable, offensive) A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage.
- After the car crash, he became a cabbage.
- Used as a term of endearment.
- (uncountable, slang) Money.
- (uncountable, slang) Marijuana leaf, the part that is not smoked but from which cannabutter can be extracted.
- The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used for food.
- The cabbage palmetto.
- (plant): cabbage plant, cole
- (leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable): cole, greens
- (person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage): vegetable
- (intransitive) To form a head like that of the cabbage.
- to make lettuce cabbage
- (intransitive, slang) To do nothing; to idle; veg out.
- 2006, Steve Mckevitt, Why the World Is Full of Useless Things, page 38:
- How effective the project was is a moot point, because there were never any studies carried out to see whether children benefited from cabbaging in front of the TV rather than interacting with a teacher.
Unclear. Perhaps from Dutch (*)kabbassen, from Old French cabasser (“put into a basket”), from cabas. Alternatively, perhaps from an earlier word (*)carbage ("shred"), a potential variant of (*)garbage "wheat straw".
- (uncountable, slang) Scraps of cloth which are left after a garment has been cut out, which tailors traditionally kept.
- (transitive) To purloin or embezzle; to pilfer, to steal.
- Your tailor […] cabbages whole yards of cloth.
- “cabbage” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- “cabbage” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
- ^ “caboche” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- ^ “caboche” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- ^ cabbage in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911