[ yab-ee ]

  1. a small Australian crayfish, of the genus Cherax, inhabiting streams and water holes.

Origin of yabby

First recorded in 1890–95; from Wergaia (an Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Wimmera, Victoria) yabij

Words Nearby yabby

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British Dictionary definitions for yabby


nounplural -bies
  1. a small freshwater crayfish of the genus Cherax, esp C. destructor

  2. Also called: nipper a marine prawn used as bait

verb-bies, -bying or -bied
  1. (intr) to go out to catch yabbies

Origin of yabby

from a native Australian language

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