What does cupboard mean?

Definitions for cupboard
ˈkʌb ərdcup·board

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cupboard, closetnoun

    a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space


  1. cupboardnoun

    An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.

    Put the cups in the cupboard.

  2. cupboardnoun

    A table or sideboard on which to display or store cups, dishes etc.

  3. Etymology: From cuppebord.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cupboardnoun

    A case with shelves, in which victuals or earthen ware is placed.

    Etymology: cup and bord, a case or receptacle, Saxon.

    Some trees are best for planchers, as deal; some for tables, cupboards, and desks, as walnut. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Codrus had but one bed; so short to boot,
    That his short wife’s short legs hung dangling out:
    His cupboard’s head six earthen pitchers grac’d,
    Beneath them was his trusty tankard plac’d. John Dryden, Juv.

    Yet their wine and their victuals these curmudgeon-lubbards,
    Lock up from my sight, in cellars and cupboards. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Cupboardverb

    To treasure in a cupboard; to hoard up.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The belly did remain
    I’ th’ midst o’ th’ body, idle and unactive,
    Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing
    Like labour with the rest. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. Cupboard

    A cupboard is a piece of furniture for enclosing dishware or grocery items that are stored in a home. The term gradually evolved from its original meaning: an open-shelved side table for displaying dishware, more specifically plates, cups and saucers.


  1. cupboard

    A cupboard is a type of furniture piece that has shelves and doors, typically used for storing food, dishes, or other household items. It is often part of a kitchen or dining room, but can also be found in bathrooms, bedrooms, and other areas of the home. Cupboards can come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, depending upon the requirements and aesthetic of the space.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cupboardnoun

    a board or shelf for cups and dishes

  2. Cupboardnoun

    a small closet in a room, with shelves to receive cups, dishes, food, etc.; hence, any small closet

  3. Cupboardverb

    to collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard

  4. Etymology: [Cup + board.]


  1. Cupboard

    A cupboard is a type of storage cabinet, often made of wood, used indoors to store household objects such as food, crockery, textiles and liquor, and protect them from dust and dirt. The term cupboard was originally used to describe an open-shelved side table for displaying plates, cups and saucers. These open cupboards typically had between one and three display tiers, and at the time, a drawer or multiple drawers fitted to them. The word cupboard gradually came to mean a closed piece of furniture.

Editors Contribution

  1. cupboard

    A type of furniture and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles for various purposes according to the design.

    We bought a beautiful mirrored cupboard for our bathroom, it makes the room look bigger and we are delighted with the design.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 21, 2016  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cupboard

    See “Dresser.”

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cupboard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2049

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cupboard' in Nouns Frequency: #1891

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cupboard in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cupboard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cupboard in a Sentence

  1. Jean Tikaram:

    There was my husband, two girls and our little dog and we all huddled there. It was a very small cupboard. So we ripped the double mattress off the bed to put it in front of the cupboard. We thought the whole house was going to go. We stayed there for probably about five or six hours and you could hear all the crashing and the banging.

  2. Olena Zelenska:

    I'm like that cupboard in Borodianka, i'm trying to hold on, just like that cupboard.

  3. Russell McMurry:

    It’s no different from having a plastic cup in your cupboard, it’s not combustible. It requires something to make it burn.

  4. Jean Tikaram:

    Something hit me in the back and it was a piece of the roof, it'd suddenly taken off. We made a split decision to run to a bedroom at the other end of the house and we hid in the cupboard.

  5. Kristin Dossett:

    It shook like I have never felt anything shake before, it just didn't stop. It kept going and got louder and louder, and things just fell everywhere — everything off my dressers, off my bookcases, my kitchen cupboard. Just broken glass everywhere.

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