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or comb, coomb, coombe

[koom, kohm]
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noun British.
  1. a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side.

Origin of combe

Old English cumb valley < British Celtic; cf. cwm


or coombe

[koom, kohm]
  1. combe.
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Examples from the Web for coombe

Historical Examples

  • At the upper end of the coombe the spring issued, and at the lower was the millpond.

    Round About a Great Estate

    Richard Jefferies

  • She saw Mr. Wellwood, and heard a good account of Coombe Prior.

    The Heir of Redclyffe

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • We came to Coombe Bysset directly after the ceremony, and we are here still.

  • I could not help reminding him that he had been ever, ever so anxious to come to Coombe.

  • It is evident that this great art is not studied at Coombe Bysset.'

British Dictionary definitions for coombe



  1. variant spellings of coomb


combe, coombe or comb

  1. mainly Southern English a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas
  2. mainly Northern English another name for cirque

Word Origin

Old English cumb (in place names), probably of Celtic origin; compare Old French combe small valley and Welsh cwm valley
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Word Origin and History for coombe



also combe, "deep hollow or valley, especially on flank of a hill," mainly surviving in place names, from Old English cumb, probably a British word, from Celtic base *kumbos (cf. Welsh cwm in same sense). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names says, "This is usually taken to be a Celtic loan ... but there was also OE cumb 'vessel, cup, bowl,'" which was "probably used in a transferred topographical sense reinforced in western districts by cwm."

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