noun, plural brum·bies. Australian.

a wild horse.

Origin of brumby

First recorded in 1875–80; origin obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brumby

Historical Examples of brumby

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for brumby


noun plural -bies Australian

a wild horse, esp one descended from runaway stock
informal a wild or unruly person

Word Origin for brumby

C19: of unknown origin
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