- a piece that is flat, broad, and fairly thick: a slab of concrete, a slab of bread
- any of the rough, outer pieces removed from a log in sawing it into lumber
Origin of slabMiddle English sclabbe
Origin of slab; from Scandinavian as in Swedish dialect, dialectal slabb, muddy water: for Indo-European base see slaver
- A broad, flat, thick piece, as of stone or cheese.
- An outside piece cut from a log when squaring it for lumber.
- Baseball The pitcher's rubber.
transitive verbslabbed slabbed, slab·bing, slabs
- To make or shape into slabs or a slab.
- To cover or pave with slabs.
- To dress (a log) by cutting slabs.
Origin of slabMiddle English.
Origin of slabProbably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish slab, mud.
- (archaic) Mud, sludge.
- A large, flat piece of solid material; a solid object that is large and flat.
- A paving stone; a flagstone.
- (Australia) A carton containing twenty-four cans of beer.
- An outside piece taken from a log or timber when sawing it into boards, planks, etc.
- A bird, the wryneck.
- (nautical) The slack part of a sail.
- (slang) A large, luxury pre-1980 General Motors vehicle, particularly a Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac.
- (surfing) A very large wave.
- (computing) A sequence of 12 adjacent bits, serving as a byte in some computers.
(third-person singular simple present slabs, present participle slabbing, simple past and past participle slabbed)
- To make something into a slab.
From Middle English sclabbe, slabbe, of unknown origin.
Compare Gaelic & Irish slaib, mud, mire left on a river strand, and English slop (“puddle”).
This term been popularized through the southern rap genre of hip-hop, most notably by rappers such as Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Lil' Keke, and others.