noun (plural wallabies)
1An Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo.
More example sentences
- And all these animals lived there-big glider possums, pygmy possums, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, platypus, just everything in the trees, on the ground and in the creeks.
- It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.
- So the extension of the term ‘marsupial’ is the set of all marsupials: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and so on.
early 19th century: from Dharuk walabi or waliba.
on the wallaby (track)
- Australian /NZ informal , dated (Of a person) unemployed and having no fixed address.More example sentences
- Swagmen and swagwomen tramped the country roads alone or in pairs in search of seasonal work, a situation referred to as ‘on the wallaby’.
- In Australian English, if you're on the wallaby track, you are unemployed.
- With the world rushing towards the Great Depression many old Diggers found themselves out of work, out of luck and out on the wallaby track.
Definition of wallaby in:
- The US English dictionary