or comb, coomb, coombe

[koom, kohm]

noun British.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for combe

dale, dell, glade, canyon, gorge, vale, combe

Examples from the Web for combe

Historical Examples of combe

  • Wild language occupied the way, until we shook farewell at Combe.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • It is a lovely night; how clear one can see the road on the other side of the combe!

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

  • I shall hear her say it even when I am in my room, with the combe between.

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

  • A combe, in west of England parlance, is a deep, ravinelike valley.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

  • No—the one easiest had, and as likely as any to serve our turn, is the young lady at Combe.

    It Might Have Been

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for combe




variant spellings of coomb
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