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[tang-goh] /ˈtæŋ goʊ/
noun, plural tangos.
a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
music for this dance.
a word used in communications to represent the letter T.
verb (used without object), tangoed, tangoing.
to dance the tango.
Origin of tango
1910-15; < American Spanish < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for tangoed
Historical Examples
  • Maybe the Times Building just tangoed across the square an' fell on me!

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • Something told me from the very first; perhaps it was the way you tangoed.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • The youngsters who had tangoed best and had shone in cabarets were swept away as grass by scythes.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He tangoed only to show the temperamental little thing that he forgave her.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • Although the young people ragged and tangoed incessantly, she rarely danced, and then it was with the young men.

British Dictionary definitions for tangoed


noun (pl) -gos
a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
verb -goes, -going, -goed
(intransitive) to perform this dance
Derived Forms
tangoist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from American Spanish, probably of Niger-Congo origin; compare Ibibio tamgu to dance


(communications) a code word for the letter t
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Word Origin and History for tangoed



syncopated ballroom dance, 1913, from Argentine Spanish tango, originally the name of an African-American drum dance, probably from a Niger-Congo language (cf. Ibibio tamgu "to dance"). Phrase it takes two to tango was a song title from 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tangoed in Culture

tango definition

A sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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it takes two to tango

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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