noun Australian.

an aboriginal hut or shelter.
any crude bush hut or shelter.

Origin of gunyah

First recorded in 1790–1800, gunyah is from the Dharuk word gu-n'i Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gunyah

Historical Examples of gunyah

  • He then gave Mr. Burke a letter and his watch for his father, and we buried the remainder of the field-books near the gunyah.

    A Source Book Of Australian History

    Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne

  • Black Joe's father, old Black Jimmie, lived in a gunyah on the rise at the back of the sheepyards, and shepherded for my uncle.

    Over the Sliprails

    Henry Lawson

  • As we rode up we could see a gunyah made out of boughs, and a longish wing of dogleg fence, made light but well put together.

    Robbery Under Arms

    Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

  • He went away to his gunyah then, and except doing one or two things for Starlight would not lift his hand for any one that day.

    Robbery Under Arms

    Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

  • We used to keep our ammunition and other articles in one gunyah, and all three of us lived together in another.

British Dictionary definitions for gunyah



Australian a bush hut or shelter

Word Origin for gunyah

C19: from a native Australian language
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