- a mythical creature of Aboriginal legend said to inhabit water and watercourses.
- an impostor.
- counterfeit; phony.
Origin of bunyip
Examples from the Web for bunyip
Historical Examples of bunyip
“It is reckoned the residence of the water-cow,” a monster like the Australian bunyip.Angling Sketches
He took Sam and Bunyip aside, and almost gave way to despair.
When that was done, Bill stood up and made a speech to Bunyip Bluegum.
But Bunyip Bluegum said, 'Why not turn him upside-down and sit on him?'
Call him Albert when addressing him,' he added to Bunyip Bluegum.
- Australian a legendary monster said to inhabit swamps and lagoons of the Australian interior
Word Origin for bunyip
1848, fabulous swamp-dwelling animal (supposedly inspired by fossil bones), from an Australian aborigine language.