[ wol-uh-bee ]
/ ˈwɒl ə bi /

noun, plural wal·la·bies, (especially collectively) wal·la·by.

any of various small and medium-sized kangaroos of the genera Macropus, Thylogale, Petrogale, etc., some of which are no larger than rabbits: several species are endangered.

Nearby words

  1. wall-hung,
  2. wall-to-wall,
  3. walla,
  4. walla walla,
  5. wallaba,
  6. wallace,
  7. wallace's line,
  8. wallace, alfred russel,
  9. wallace, george,
  10. wallace, george corley

Origin of wallaby

First recorded in 1790–1800, wallaby is from the Dharuk word wa-la-ba

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British Dictionary definitions for wallaby


/ (ˈwɒləbɪ) /

noun plural -bies or -by

any of various herbivorous marsupials of the genera Lagorchestes (hare wallabies), Petrogale (rock wallabies), Protemnodon, etc, of Australia and New Guinea, similar to but smaller than kangaroos: family Macropodidae
on the wallaby or on the wallaby track Australian slang (of a person) wandering about looking for work

Word Origin for wallaby

C19: from native Australian wolabā


/ (ˈwɒləbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

a member of the international Rugby Union football team of Australia
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Word Origin and History for wallaby



kind of small kangaroo, 1826, from native Australian wolaba.

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