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[bruhm-bee] /ˈbrʌm bi/
noun, plural brumbies. Australian.
a wild horse.
Origin of brumby
First recorded in 1875-80; origin obscure Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He went round and round the paddick at home, with me on him, buckin' like a brumby.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • Mrs. brumby plays finely on the bassoon, and has evenings dedicated to Sebastian Bach, and enlivened with Handel.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • At once Lieutenant brumby hastened away to take down the Spanish flag.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • She was a good woman of business, and managed the hat-shop for nine years, whilst poor brumby was at Dr. Tokelys.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Dr. Giles and others suggest that the name should be brumby instead of Brunanburh.

  • They meet as might a lad from Harrow and another from Mr. brumby's successful mechanical cramming establishment.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for brumby


noun (Austral) (pl) -bies
a wild horse, esp one descended from runaway stock
(informal) a wild or unruly person
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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