Squab (?), a. [Cf. dial. Sw. sqvabb a soft and fat body, sqvabba a fat woman, Icel. kvap jelly, jellylike things, and and E. quab.]


Fat; thick; plump; bulky.

Nor the squab daughter nor the wife were nice. Betterton.


Unfledged; unfeathered; as, a squab pigeon.



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Squab, n.

1. Zool.

A neatling of a pigeon or other similar bird, esp. when very fat and not fully fledged.


A person of a short, fat figure.

Gorgonious sits abdominous and wan, Like a fat squab upon a Chinese fan. Cowper.


A thickly stuffed cushion; especially, one used for the seat of a sofa, couch, or chair; also, a sofa.

Punching the squab of chairs and sofas. Dickens.

On her large squab you find her spread. Pope.


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Squab, adv. [Cf. dial. Sw. squapp, a word imitative of a splash, and E. squab fat, unfledged.]

With a heavy fall; plump.


The eagle took the tortoise up into the air, and dropped him down, squab, upon a rock. L'Estrange.


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Squab, v. i.

To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.



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