- a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew’s quarters and usually attached to the rear of the train.
- British. a kitchen on the deck of a ship; galley.
- Slang. the buttocks.
- US informal short for calaboose
- railways, US and Canadian a guard’s van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
- a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
- mainly Britishthe galley itself
- a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc
- an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove
1747, “ship’s cookhouse,” from Middle Dutch kambuis “ship’s galley,” from Low German kabhuse “wooden cabin on ship’s deck;” probably a compound whose elements correspond to English cabin and house (n.). Railroading sense is by 1859.