- IPA(key): /ˈkæbɪd͡ʒ/
- Hyphenation: cab‧bage
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- Homophones: CABG (one pronunciation)
- Rhymes: -æbɪdʒ
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 (Sabal palmetto), a palm of the southeastern US coasts and nearby islands.
- Leftover scraps of fabric.
- (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
- bacon and cabbage
- beach cabbage
- cabbage butterfly
- cabbage fly
- cabbage gum
- cabbage head
- cabbage looper
- cabbage moth
- cabbage on a stick
- cabbage palm
- cabbage patch
- cabbage roll
- cabbage rose
- cabbage salad
- cabbage white
- cabbage worm
- celery cabbage
- drumhead cabbage
- green mustard cabbage
- harlequin cabbage bug
- kaffir cabbage
- Kerguelen cabbage
- liberty cabbage
- Liberty cabbage
- Lundy cabbage
- napa cabbage
- Nile cabbage
- not as green as one is cabbage-looking
- palm cabbage
- pointed cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
- sea cabbage
- sea otter's cabbage
- skunk cabbage
- St Patrick's cabbage
- sweetheart cabbage
- thousand-headed cabbage
- wallflower cabbage
- water cabbage
- white cabbage
- wild cabbage
- (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.
- Brussels sprouts
- cabbage tree
- Chinese cabbage
- Chinese broccoli, Chinese kale
- collard greens
- red cabbage
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.
- 1712, John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull:
- 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, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- ^ Etymology and history of “caboche”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- ^ cabbage in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911