Definition of Womble in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɒmb(ə)l/


A fictional animal inhabiting Wimbledon Common in London, characterized as clearing up litter.
Example sentences
  • The English National Opera has embraced a tradition stretching from Wat Tyler to the Wombles.
  • Growing awareness of ecological issues in the 1990s prompted a Wombles comeback.
  • These Wombles make good use of all manner of items left behind by thoughtless humans.


(womble) [no object, with adverbial of direction] informal
Wander in a casual or relaxed way: once we’d arrived back in Cambridge, we wombled quietly home
More example sentences
  • At the end of the talk, she thanks me, shakes me hand, and wombles off.
  • Having seen three films on Saturday night, we then wombled off to stand on Parker's Piece and go 'oooo' a lot.
  • And thus it was with heavy hearts (but light feet) that we wombled into town to spend a total of six hours indoors.


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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