- A young, newly hatched, or unfledged pigeon.
a. A soft, thick cushion, as for a couch.
b. A couch.
Young and undeveloped; newly hatched or unfledged: a squab chick.
Origin of squab Probably of Scandinavian origin
Swedish dialectal squabb fat flesh
- A baby pigeon or dove.
- The meat of a squab (i.e. a young (domestic) pigeon or dove) used as food.
- A baby rook.
- A thick cushion, especially a flat one covering the seat of a chair or sofa.
- A person of a short, fat figure.
(third-person singular simple present squabs, present participle squabbing, simple past and past participle squabbed)
- To furnish with squabs, or cushions.
(comparative more squab, superlative most squab)
- Fat; thick; plump; bulky.
- Unfledged; unfeathered.
- a squab pigeon
- (slang) With a heavy fall; plump.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.