- (calabozo [kalaβóso] < Vulgar Latin *calafodium < pre-Roman *cala 'cave, protected place' and Vulgar Latin *fodere 'to dig'; some variant forms may have been influenced by French calabouse)1) Nevada: 1866. Town jail; its use today connotes a humorous or playful reference. The DRAE confirms that calabozo is used in Spanish to refer to a jail or dungeon. Cobos attests to its use in Southwestern Spanish.Alternate forms: calabooza, calaboso, calaboz, calaboza, calabozo, calabozo, cattle boose.See also carcel.2) Watts references a verb form to "calaboose," meaning 'to incarcerate.'
Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. Robert N. Smead. 2013.
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Calaboose — Cal a*boose , n. [A corruption of Sp. calabozo dungeon.] A prison; a jail. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster] || … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
calaboose — prison, 1792, Amer.Eng., from Louisiana Fr. calabouse, from Sp. calabozo dungeon, probably from V.L. *calafodium, from pre Roman *cala protected place, den + L. fodere to dig (see FOSSIL (Cf. fossil)) … Etymology dictionary
calaboose — ☆ calaboose [kal′ə bo͞os΄ ] n. [Sp calabozo] [Dial. or Old Slang] a prison; jail … English World dictionary
calaboose — [“kaelabus] n. jail. (From a Spanish word.) □ One night in the calaboose is enough. □ Are we going to tell what happened, or are we going to spend the night in the calaboose? … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
calaboose — noun Etymology: Spanish calabozo dungeon Date: 1792 jail; especially a local jail … New Collegiate Dictionary
calaboose — /kal euh boohs , kal euh boohs /, n. Slang. jail; prison; lockup. [1785 95, Amer.; ( < North American F) < Sp calabozo dungeon, of obscure orig.] * * * … Universalium
calaboose — noun A prison or gaol/jail … Wiktionary
calaboose — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Chiefly Regional. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention: brig, house of correction, jail, keep, penitentiary, prison. Informal: lockup, pen3. Slang: big house, can, clink, cooler, coop, hoosegow,… … English dictionary for students
calaboose — n. jail, prison (Slang) … English contemporary dictionary
calaboose — (KAH lah booss) [Creole, from Spanish] A jail … Dictionary of foreign words and phrases
calaboose — [ˌkalə bu:s] noun US informal a prison. Origin C18: from black Fr. calabouse, from Sp. calabozo dungeon … English new terms dictionary