Definition of Timbuktu in English:

Timbuktu

(also Timbuctoo)

proper noun

  • 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.

    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.’

Pronunciation

Timbuktu

/ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː/