Definition of quamby in English:


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’.