Definition of Bullamakanka in English:

Bullamakanka

(also Bullabakanka)

noun

Australian
informal
  • A humorous name for any remote place, especially one considered backward.

    ‘they started producing wines in the back of Bullamakanka’
    • ‘Then Guvnor Smith from Bullamakanka says they will cut in November and all bets are off again.’
    • ‘Looking at this place, I'd rather be in Bullamakanka.’
    • ‘A young vet should take a single-vet practice at Bullamakanka, in my view.’
    • ‘In a bygone era, the local team - be it in the suburbs or out at Bullamakanka - would huddle in the change rooms waiting apprehensively for the announcement of the "teams" for Saturday.’
    • ‘You ride at Bullamakanka and you want to come to town and bag the tracks here.’
    • ‘He lives in Bullamakanka because he likes being a big frog in a little puddle.’
    • ‘If you are growing wines in the back of Bullamakanka, it is hard to get people to accept them with that kind of name on them.’
    • ‘Writers shared this sense of relegation to Bullamakanka.’
    • ‘You can be driving through the middle of nowhere and find a sign which states that you're now in the City of Bullamakanka.’
    • ‘I can tell it's from Bullamakanka, just to the left of the Black Stump in the Back of Beyond.’

Origin

1940s: a fanciful coinage, perhaps derived from the pidgin phrase bulla macow ‘cattle, bully beef’.

Pronunciation

Bullamakanka

/ˌbʊləməˈkaŋkə/