blandly pious and naively optimistic
At the risk of sounding too kumbaya, I felt as if I had finally come home.
by Timla February 19, 2007
to relax or chill
Like seriously, she needed to kumbaya or something.
by JadaJewel March 21, 2015
Exclamation, used as alternative to "Oh My God" First used my the character Eek in the cartoon series "Eek the Cat"
"Kumbaya! Those are huge!"
by John4o July 2, 2007
The Kumbaya Law: In any conversation where some of the participants hold an opinion to the left of other participants, someone with the more conservative position will compare said person's opinion to the naivete of "singing around a campfire singing Kumbaya"
"Since you are such a Liberal, what would you have us say to those 'peace-loving Palestinians' after three wars in six years? 'Oh, I know that you want to push us all into the sea, but let's sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya instead.'"
by GSD1951 November 18, 2012
'Kumbaya' is a pejorative slang term which can be used as a noun or an adjective.

Noun:

A person, usually in the West today, who shallowly and superficially cites a multitude of creeds or religions, usually Buddhism and Christianity, then pretends to be a spiritual guru and role model.

Adjective:

A term used to describe something or an action as spiritually ignorant, and superficial and shallow.

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Term based off of the song 'Kumbaya', from 1957, which was 'borrowed' from Southern, African American song 'Come By Here' from 1927.
Noun: "These spoiled 'kumbayas' in the West today can't see that their own needy and cosmopolitan lifestyles are at the root of all the problems they blame others for."

Adj: "I really don't need your shallow 'kumbaya' nonsense right now."
by Bulrock November 5, 2019
To engage in a show of unity and harmony with one's opponents or enemies; frequently used in a disparaging or sarcastic sense
"Well, we're not going to sit around the campfire, hold hands and sing Kumbaya, that's for damn sure!"

by smendler April 29, 2009
when management tries to create camaraderie amongst employees through a group activity, usually involving food and or drink.
I would really like to skip out on that lunch meeting, but I know the boss is looking forward to that kumbaya moment. I really hope we don't have to sing.
by winkles76 May 21, 2010