[key-oh, key-oh; verb key-oh]Slang.
Origin of kayo
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
or K.O., k.o., kay·o
[noun key-oh, key-oh; verb key-oh]Slang.
- a knockout in boxing.
- to knock unconscious, especially in a boxing match; knock out.
Origin of KO
First recorded in 1920–25; initial letters of knock out
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- boxing another term for knockout
- boxing another term for knock outSee knockout (verb)
C20: from the initial letters of knock out
- a slang term for knock outSee knockout
- a slang term for knockout
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Word Origin and History for kayo
spelled-out form of K.O. (knockout), from 1923. Also used in 1920s as a slang reversal of OK.
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