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[ab-oh] /ˈæb oʊ/ (sometimes initial capital letter) Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
noun, plural abos.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.
Origin of abo
1905-10; by shortening; see -o
Usage note
Since abo is simply a shortened form of aborigine, one could easily think that it is as neutral and inoffensive a term as Aussie usually is for an Australian. However, abo is as highly offensive to Australian Aborigines as nigger is to African Americans in the United States.



[aw-boo] /ˈɔ bu/
Swedish name of Turku. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He met Alexander personally, agreeing with him on plans of mutual action, at abo in 1812.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • In 1569 Eric was removed to abo in Finland, where he was locked up in a secure prison.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Made by M. Argelander, late director of the Observatory at abo.

  • In the evening I arrived at the town of abo, which is as large as Orebro, and well built.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • We have just got back after a lovely afternoon at abo (the old capital of Finland).

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • abo, at the head of the delta, is in the very heart of the oil section.

  • The spy from abo had seen me on the railway platform on my departure from Petersburg.

    The Czar's Spy William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for abo


noun (sometimes not capital) (Austral, old-fashioned, taboo) (pl) Abos
  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (as modifier): an Abo reserve
Usage note
This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable


the Swedish name for Turku
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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