Definition of Womble in English:



  • A fictional animal inhabiting Wimbledon Common in London, characterized as clearing up litter.

    • ‘Growing awareness of ecological issues in the 1990s prompted a Wombles comeback.’
    • ‘The museum has two sets, one which features Great Uncle Bulgaria's study and has four Wombles including Stepney, an ethnic looking addition brought in for the second series and said to be from the East End.’
    • ‘It was announced this week the team's three-year agreement to use the Wombles as their official mascot will not be renewed when it expires next month.’
    • ‘AFC Wimbledon is currently in talks with the Beresford estate to adopt a Womble as their mascot.’
    • ‘It's quite simply that with the move of Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes, the team have no real association with the Wombles of Wimbledon Common.’
    • ‘The English National Opera has embraced a tradition stretching from Wat Tyler to the Wombles.’
    • ‘There is a real nostalgic feel about the Wombles and yet the message behind the programme was so advanced.’
    • ‘These Wombles make good use of all manner of items left behind by thoughtless humans.’
    • ‘The Wombles were brought to life by stop-motion animation and the vocal talents of narrator Bernard Cribbins.’
    • ‘The Wombles were famous for recycling the bits of rubbish they found on Wimbledon common and that is quite a new concept.’
    • ‘He's a cheerful old soul, a sort of cross between Doc from the Seven Dwarfs and Uncle Bulgaria from the Wombles, and chatters away in his excellent, if stilted, English about his two wives and seven children.’


  • no object, with adverbial of direction Wander in a casual or relaxed way.

    ‘once we'd arrived back in Cambridge, we wombled quietly home’
    • ‘He's an amiable enough chap who wombles through life doing no one any harm.’
    • ‘Having seen three films on Saturday night, we then wombled off to stand on Parker's Piece and go 'oooo' a lot.’
    • ‘I wombled out the door with enough clothing on to keep Scotlands 72nd regiment covered, and ambled through inches of snow to my car.’
    • ‘It's always good when people are staying and we have a legitimate excuse to go wombling around the place and check out new bits of the UK.’
    • ‘And thus it was with heavy hearts (but light feet) that we wombled into town to spend a total of six hours indoors.’
    • ‘At the end of the talk, she thanks me, shakes me hand, and wombles off.’
    • ‘Once our appetites were sated we decided to have a nice long rest from travelling, and grabbing a blanket, book and bottle of wine, I wombled off to do some sunbathing.’


1960s: from Wombledon Common, representing a child's pronunciation of Wimbledon; the creatures first appeared in a series of children's books (1968–76) by Elisabeth Beresford (1926–2010) and were popularized by a television series (1973–5).