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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Squab


SQUAB, adjective [G., plump, sleek; to be plump or sleek, and to vibrate.]

1. Fat; thick; plump; bulky.

Nor the squab daughter, nor the wife were nice.

2. Unfledged; unfethered; as a squab pigeon.

SQUAB, noun

1. A young pigeon or dove. [This word is in common or general use in America, and almost the only sense in which it is used is the one here given. It is sometimes used in the sense of fat, plump.]

2. A kind of sofa or couch; a stuffed cushion. [Not used in America.]

SQUAB, adverb Striking at once; with a heavy fall; plump.

The eagle dropped the tortoise squab upon a rock. [Low and not used.]

[The vulgar word awhap or whop, is used in a like sense in America. It is found in Chaucer.]

SQUAB, verb intransitive To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke. [Not used.]