Definition of tumbleweed in US English:

tumbleweed

noun

North American, NZ, Australian
  • A plant of dry regions that breaks off near the ground in late summer and is tumbled about by the wind, thereby dispersing its seeds.

    Genera Salsola (family Chenopodiaceae) and Amaranthus (family Amaranthaceae)

    • ‘At some times of day I half expect to see tumbleweed drifting around the sterile, impersonal, weird space that has been falsely created.’
    • ‘They can become ghost towns with the metaphorical tumbleweed bouncing past the shuttered restaurants.’
    • ‘Is that tumbleweed I see, billowing past the bar?’
    • ‘Streets devoid of any sign of human life had been taken over by swirling rubbish, rolling through city centres like tumbleweed in an old ghost town.’
    • ‘She caught a couple of rats and I roasted them over some burning tumbleweed.’
    • ‘Had I been in the Wild West, the saloon doors would have swung with an eerie creak; tumbleweed would have blown past.’
    • ‘To soldiers, every broken-down car is a potential bomb; every tumbleweed may disguise an artillery shell set to explode.’
    • ‘Her eyes fell on some dried tumbleweed about a mile away, and she half-watched it roll lazily across the desert.’
    • ‘Charles half expected to hear at once sharp cracks of sticks and tumbleweed, to which he would coax himself were just tree squirrels, or other creatures.’
    • ‘There wasn't any tumbleweed.’
    • ‘If Australia had tumbleweed, it would be blowing down Olympic Boulevard right now.’
    • ‘The town looked like any deserted town, all boarded windows with a shutter or two clanging in the wind, various pieces of litter around, and a tumbleweed breezing past.’
    • ‘Silence reigned but for tumbleweed passing through and then the sound of a far-off wolf howling.’
    • ‘I could've sworn that I saw tumbleweed blowing across the newly waxed marble floor.’
    • ‘Is there tumbleweed blowing down the main street.’
    • ‘Even tumbleweed can't go on blowing down dusty streets for ever.’
    • ‘Alas, when we checked into the virtual village, all we could find was some virtual tumbleweed blowing across the square.’
    • ‘He enters the classroom in a blinding heavenly light, to the accompaniment of whistling winds and rolling tumbleweed that usually accompanies Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western.’
    • ‘A lonely plastic bag made it's way like tumbleweed down the vacant street.’
    • ‘A tumbleweed floats by.’

Pronunciation

tumbleweed

/ˈtəmbəlˌwid//ˈtəmbəlˌwēd/