Origin of cupboardMiddle English cuppebord: see cup and board
An example of a cupboard is where a person stores their plates and bowls.
- An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.
- Put the cups in the cupboard.
(third-person singular simple present cupboards, present participle cupboarding, simple past and past participle cupboarded)
From Middle English cuppebord.
- He took a mug from the cupboard and poured himself a cup of coffee.
- Of the half dozen bladders in the secret cupboard, three were filled.
- He took a jar lid from the cupboard and lit a match, holding it on the bottom of the candle until it began to melt.
- The tank is placed above the level of the topmost draw off, and often in a cupboard which it will warm sufficiently to permit of its being used as a linen airing closet.
- Either they are placed in a leaden cupboard into which the vapour is introduced, or they are dipped for a few seconds in a mixture of one part of chloride of sulphur and forty parts of carbon disulphide or purified light petroleum.