- the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual: gamblers' lingo.
- language or speech, especially if strange or foreign.
Origin of lingo1
1650–60; apparently alteration of lingua (franca); compare Polari lingo “language”
- a metal weight attached to the cords of a Jacquard harness, for lowering the warp threads after they have been raised and for keeping the harness cords taut.
- the same object attached to a drawloom.
Origin of lingoe
probably < French lingot ingot
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To use the lingo he used, it would be a medical “procedural.”‘House’ Finale: Interview With Doctor Lisa Sanders
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The men had all sorts of lingo and acronyms that they used to review the services of the women they procured erotic services from.Professor Pimp?
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So I picked up a lot of the lingo from sitting and listening to them.How to Fight Like a Girl
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I can talk to the men—well it is that I know their lingo sufficiently for that.In the Days of Drake
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She had curly hair and they would finger it and talk in their lingo.Old Rail Fence Corners
She taught me the lingo and one or two other things; but what happened?
There is no end of 'paddies' along this river, and I'm sure they cannot understand your lingo.Four Young Explorers
But Cunningham had to have you, because you know the Malay lingo.The Pagan Madonna
- informal any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc
C17: perhaps from lingua franca; compare Portuguese lingoa tongue
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Word Origin and History for lingo
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