Definition of Timbuktu in English:


(also Timbuctoo)

proper noun

  • 1A town in northern Mali; population 35,600 (est. 2009). Formerly a major trading center for gold and salt on the trans-Saharan trade routes, it reached the height of its prosperity in the 16th century but fell into decline after its capture by the Moroccans in 1591.

    French name Tombouctou
    1. 1.1 Used in reference to a remote or extremely distant place.
      ‘from here to Timbuktu’
      • ‘They say that if you don't shut-up and listen they'll send you to Timbuktu.’
      • ‘You would hear the screams from here to Timbuktu.’
      • ‘If someone tells you they're going from here to Timbuktu you probably think they're on the road to nowhere.’
      • ‘Also, since you're not moving to Timbuktu or anything, you can always visit your old stomping grounds.’
      • ‘Her already far away eyes began to beat a swift path for Timbuktu.’