May 14, 2016
- cubicle (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a small separate space (as for sleeping, studying, or working) usually having removable partitions
- How do you use it?
- Marla has decorated her cubicle at work with a variety of posters and some knickknacks she brought from home.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root of "cubicle" means?Most workers don't lie in their cubicles, but the word "cubicle" comes from the Latin verb "cubare," which means "to lie." The English adjective "recumbent," meaning "lying down," and the verb "succumb," meaning "to yield to force or pressure," can also claim kinship to "cubare." Other relatives include the noun "incumbent," referring to someone who occupies (or "lies in") a position or office, as well as the adjective "incumbent," which can mean, among other things, "lying or resting on something else." "Incubate," which refers to the process of sitting on eggs and hatching them by the warmth of your body, is another member of this word family.