Definition of cupboard in English:


Syllabification: cup·board
Pronunciation: /ˈkəbərd


A cabinet or closet, usually with a door and shelves, used for storage: a kitchen cupboard
More example sentences
  • There is a large walk-in airing cupboard and a family bathroom on this floor.
  • There is also a large built-in storage cupboard in the landing.
  • A utility room off the kitchen includes a fitted broom cupboard, floor units and stainless steel sink.


late Middle English (denoting a table or sideboard on which cups, plates, etc., were displayed): from cup + board.


the cupboard is bare

There are no resources or money available for a particular purpose.
More example sentences
  • Second, Obama could be constrained by a simple fact: the cupboard is bare.
  • The cupboard is bare, we've given all we've got.
  • The cupboard is bare, the tank is empty.

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