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Blend of wah +‎ ambulance. The earliest known usage was in the 2000 Disney film The Kid, and it may have been first used in this film.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwæm.bjə.ləns/
  • Hyphenation: wam‧bu‧lance


wambulance (plural wambulances)

  1. (slang) A notional ambulance called to the scene when somebody is upset; used in dismissive responses to oversensitive complaining.
    • 2000, Disney's The Kid
      Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis): Waaaaaah. Waaaaaaah. Somebody call the wambulance.
    • 2001, "jim", Outrageous!!! (on newsgroup rec.aviation.piloting)
      Someone call the Wambulance. Dudley I am so sick of hearing you bitch about how everybody is not suffering enough.
    • 2007, "Rodney Parker", What a game! (on newsgroup alt.sports.football.pro.dallas-cowboys)
      Funny how we didn't see a single post in this NG from "Ron" or Holder during the game. Not surprising, but funny anyway. I'm sure they'll surface sometime. As a precaution, I've already called the wambulance for them.

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