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Womble

Line breaks: Wom¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈwɒmb(ə)l
 
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British

Definition of Womble in English:

noun

A fictional animal inhabiting Wimbledon Common in London, characterized as clearing up litter.
Example sentences
  • The Wombles were famous for recycling the bits of rubbish they found on Wimbledon common and that is quite a new concept.
  • There is a real nostalgic feel about the Wombles and yet the message behind the programme was so advanced.
  • It was announced this week the team's three-year agreement to use the Wombles as their official mascot will not be renewed when it expires next month.

verb

(womble) [no object, with adverbial of direction] informal Back to top  
Wander in a casual or relaxed way: once we’d arrived back in Cambridge, we wombled quietly home
More example sentences
  • He's an amiable enough chap who wombles through life doing no one any harm.
  • I wombled out the door with enough clothing on to keep Scotlands 72nd regiment covered, and ambled through inches of snow to my car.
  • At the end of the talk, she thanks me, shakes me hand, and wombles off.

Origin

1960s: from Wombledon Common, representing a child's pronunciation of Wimbledon; the creatures first appeared in a series of children's books (1968–76) by Elisabeth Beresford (1926–2010) and were popularized by a television series (1973–5).

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