Squab

Definition of Squab

Pronunciation: skwǒb
a.1.Fat; thick; plump; bulky.
Nor the squab daughter nor the wife were nice.
- Betterton.
2.Unfledged; unfeathered; as, a squab pigeon.
n.1.(Zool.) A nestling of a pigeon or other similar bird, esp. when very fat and not fully fledged.
2.A person of a short, fat figure.
Gorgonious sits abdominous and wan,
Like a fat squab upon a Chinese fan.
- Cowper.
3.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.
adv.1.With a heavy fall; plump.
The eagle took the tortoise up into the air, and dropped him down, squab, upon a rock.
- L'Estrange.
v. i.1.To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.

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