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[loo-bruh] /ˈlu brə/
noun, Australian: Offensive.
an Aborigine girl or woman.
Origin of lubra
First recorded in 1840-50; probably < Southeastern language of Tasmania lubərə Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The woman is also a good representative of the Victorian lubra.

    Australian Pictures Howard Willoughby
  • Dawn was a Mordvinian girl; in Australia she was a lubra addicted to lubricity.

    Modern Mythology Andrew Lang
  • Women don't dislike being bullied, if it is done in the right way—haven't I seen it the world over, from lubra to dowager?

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Mr. Browne assured him that he was quite certain I should not only cut off the lubra's head, but his too.

  • Their families generally were on the opposite side of the river, but one man had his lubra and two children on our side of it.

  • So, pointing to them, he asked what was in the fire, and the blackfellow replied with one word "lubra."

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
British Dictionary definitions for lubra


(Austral) an Aboriginal woman
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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