from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See uterus.
  • n. A place where something is generated.
  • n. An encompassing, protective hollow or space.
  • n. Obsolete The belly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To enclose in a womb, or as if in a womb; to breed or hold in secret.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The belly; the abdomen.
  • n. The uterus. See Uterus.
  • n. The place where anything is generated or produced.
  • n. Any cavity containing and enveloping anything.
  • transitive v. To inclose in a womb, or as in a womb; to breed or hold in secret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To inclose; contain; breed in secret.
  • n. The belly; the stomach.
  • n. The uterus; the hollow dilated musculo-membranous part of the female passages, between the vagina and the Fallopian tubes, in which the ovum is received, detained, and nourished during gestation, or the period intervening between fecundation and parturition: applied chielly to this organ of the human female and some of the higher or better-known mammalian quadrupeds, the corresponding part of the passages of other animals being commonly called by the technical name uterus. See uterus (with cut), and cut under peritoneum.
  • n.
  • n. The place where anything is produced.
  • n. Any large or deep cavity that receives or contains anything.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus


Middle English, from Old English wamb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wombe, wambe, from Old English womb, wamb ("belly, stomach; bowels; heart; womb; hollow"), from Proto-Germanic *wambō (“belly, stomach, abdomen”), from Proto-Indo-European *wamp- (“membrane (of bowels), intestines, womb”). Cognate with Scots wam, wame ("womb"), Dutch wam ("dewlap of beef; belly of a fish"), German Wamme, Wampe ("paunch, belly"), Danish vom ("belly, paunch, rumen"), Swedish våmb ("belly, stomach, rumen"), Norwegian vomb ("belly"), Icelandic vömb ("belly, abdomen, stomach"), Old Welsh gumbelauc ("womb"), Breton gwamm ("woman, wife"), Sanskrit  (vapā́, "the skin or membrane lining the intestines or parts of the viscera, the caul or omentum"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "See uterus (with cut), and cut under peritoneum."
    --from the Century Dictionary definition

    September 18, 2014

  • I agree that it's a lovely and complex vowel sound. For me the 'b' isn't completely silent, though very muted, and the invisible 'h' is only just audible.

    October 23, 2008

  • This word has the prettiest vowel sound in "oo". The invisibe "h" behind the "w" and the unpronounced "b". The settling effect when prounced. One of my all time favorite words for he sound, not the connotation.

    October 23, 2008

  • A more colloquial alternative to swimming pool.

    July 30, 2008

  • Any dark, recessed place of a cave or cauldron, especially in a symbolic use as in ritual.

    February 18, 2008