gumby

noun
gum·​by | \ ˈgu̇mbē, ˈgüm- \
variants: or less commonly gumbé \ -​ˌbā , ⸗ˈ⸗ \
plural gumbies also gumbés

Definition of gumby

: a drum made by stretching a skin over a piece of a hollowed tree and used especially in the West Indies

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for gumby

of Bantu origin; akin to Kongo nkumbi ceremonial drum, Tshiluba nkumbi drum

Learn More About gumby

Dictionary Entries Near gumby

gumbotil

gumby

gum camphor

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for gumby

Cite this Entry

“Gumby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gumby. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!