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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

CUBBIE, CUBBY, Kubby, Kubi, n.1 A small cup-shaped basket made of heather, straw, rushes, etc., with a band attached by which it may be slung on the back or hung on the wall, used for various purposes, such as carrying bait or fish (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), kubi; Ork. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 XV. 96, 1866 Edm. Gl., 1887 Jam.6, 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. Ork. Par. (1922) 150, 1929 Marw., kubby; Cai.3 1931). [′kʌbi Ork.; ′kubi Sh.]Ork.(D) 1904 Dennison Sketches 15:
I hae seen a mad bull closed i' a void byre his leevan' leen, wi' de'illie t'ing tae aet for a week bit a cubbie o' dockan blades.
Ork. c.1912 J. Omond Ork. 80 Years Ago 17:
We have not time to describe the windo' cubbie, sawing cubbie or the smaller horse cubbie and bait and sea cubbies.
Ork. 1922 H. Marwick in Ork. Antiq. Soc. I. 27:
He was carrying the necessary stones in a “cubby” when the “fettle” broke, the stones fell out, and this mound was formed.

[Mid.Du. cubbe, a basket (Franck), cogn. with O.E. cȳf, vessel, Dan. dial. kube, Norw. kupa, fish-basket (Falk and Torp).]

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