Origin of nulla-nulla

First recorded in 1830–40, nulla-nulla is from the Dharuk word ŋa-la-ŋa-la Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for nulla-nulla

Historical Examples of nulla-nulla

  • He tests the soul's strength and skill by making him throw a nulla-nulla.

  • He then threw a club, or nulla-nulla, to the foot of the tree, and ascended to the highest branch.

  • Shanter shook his head and tucked his nulla-nulla in his waistband again, laughing silently all the time.

    The Dingo Boys

    G. Manville Fenn

  • And as the black spoke he examined the knob at the end of his nulla-nulla, comparing it with the wound, and shook his head.

    The Dingo Boys

    G. Manville Fenn

  • To strangers whom Cassowary has never loved and would now assault with spear and nulla-nulla, they apologise.

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

British Dictionary definitions for nulla-nulla


  1. Australian a wooden club used by native Australians

Word Origin for nulla-nulla

from a native Australian language
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