Definition of heffalump in English:



  • A child's term for an elephant.

    • ‘One mother called herself a " heffalump ", while another described herself as" saggy, baggy and without the energy to do anything about it ".’
    • ‘The muscle ache isn't as bad as I thought it would be for a heffalump impersonating an ever-hibernating bear such as I.’
    • ‘Tell me about Pooh's Heffalump movie.’
    • ‘They believe that the heffalump is going come do some bad things to him.’
    • ‘It is like a heffalump playing the tuba.’
    • ‘In fact she is snoring like a big heffalump, and I want to reach out and gently bash her over the head with a wok.’
    • ‘Otherwise there's just Jim, who snores like a heffalump.’
    • ‘Get your Babar toys, get your Dumbos, get your old cereal box Smedleys and Twinkles - we're on a hunt for heffalumps.’
    • ‘Now if I look like a heffalump underwater, I have no one to blame but myself.’
    • ‘The heffalump had been trapped, stuffed and " stitched up ".’
    • ‘So watch the heffalump movie, then take the kids to see "Madagascar" because they're going to have a blast.’
    • ‘Winnie the Pooh movie, the heffalump, Winnie the Pooh and the 100 Acre Wood characters.’


1920s: coined by A. A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh.