Meaning of Timbuktu in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː/

Translate Timbuktu into Spanish

proper noun

(also Timbuctoo)
  • 1A town in northern Mali; population 35,600 (est. 2009). It was formerly a major trading centre for gold and salt on the trans-Saharan trade routes, reaching the height of its prosperity in the 16th century but falling into decline after its capture by the Moroccans in 1591.

    French name Tombouctou

    1. 1.1Used in reference to a remote or extremely distant place.
      ‘from here to Timbuktu’
      • ‘Her already far away eyes began to beat a swift path for Timbuktu.’
      • ‘If someone tells you they're going from here to Timbuktu you probably think they're on the road to nowhere.’
      • ‘You would hear the screams from here to Timbuktu.’
      • ‘Also, since you're not moving to Timbuktu or anything, you can always visit your old stomping grounds.’
      • ‘They say that if you don't shut-up and listen they'll send you to Timbuktu.’