AskDefine | Define cubbyhole

Dictionary Definition



1 a small compartment [syn: pigeonhole]
2 a small secluded room [syn: cubby, snuggery, snug]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A small, cramped room
  2. A small compartment; a pigeonhole

Extensive Definition

A pigeonhole messagebox (commonly referred to as a pigeon hole, or in Oxford colleges as a pidge, known in the United States as a Mailbox, especially in academic or office settings) is a device for communication commonly used in organisations and educational institutes in the United Kingdom and other countries. Documents and messages are placed in a person's pigeon hole for them to collect; they can reply by putting a response inside the sender's pigeon hole.
The name comes from the similarity in appearance to the boxes used in Pigeon Racing to store the animals whilst in transit.


See also

  • Tambour desk, a desk with desktop-based drawers and pigeon holes

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alcove, asylum, bay, bolt-hole, cache, carrel, concealment, corner, cove, cover, covert, coverture, cranny, cubby, cubicle, dark corner, den, doghouse, dugout, foxhole, funk hole, hideaway, hideout, hidey hole, hiding, hiding place, hole, lair, mousehole, niche, nook, oriel, pigeonhole, pinch, playhouse, recess, refuge, retreat, roomlet, sanctuary, secret place, snuggery, stash, tight spot, tight squeeze, undercovert
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