- Brit., Naut. a ship's kitchen; galley
- the trainmen's car on a freight train, usually at the rear
- Slang the buttocks
Origin of cabooseMiddle Dutch kabuys, kambuis ( from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ), ship's galley
- The last car on a freight train, often having kitchen and sleeping facilities for the train crew, and used as a vantage point for spotting problems on the train, such as smoking brakes or the separation of cars. The introduction of electronic sensors has made the caboose unnecessary.
- Archaic a. A ship's galley.b. Any of various cast-iron cooking ranges used in such galleys during the early 1800s.c. An outdoor oven or fireplace.
Origin of caboosePossibly from obsolete Dutch cabuse ship's galley from Middle Low German kabūse perhaps kab- cabin Old French cabane ; see cabin . Middle High German hūs house