One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbquambying, quambied, quambies[no object]Australian
Lie down, especially in order to sleep.‘the combatants quambied near the battlefield that night’
- ‘A squatter on the Werribee River recorded in his diary that the Aborigines were still 'quambying' on his run.’
- ‘The six combatants started for the 'battle-field' on Sunday afternoon, and quambied near the spot that night.’
- ‘"Hey for the bush life! Quambying under a tarpaulin, wood fire, mutton, tea and damper!"’
- ‘He stated that some time before the woman happened to be "quambying" in a scrub close by the beach.’
- ‘Everyone 'quambied' like a blackfellow wherever his fancy led him.’
Early 19th century: from Wuywurung (an Aboriginal language) guwambi ‘to sleep’.
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