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tango

[tang-goh]
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noun, plural tan·gos.
  1. a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
  2. music for this dance.
  3. a word used in communications to represent the letter T.
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verb (used without object), tan·goed, tan·go·ing.
  1. to dance the tango.
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Origin of tango

1910–15; < American Spanish < ?
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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

tango

noun plural -gos
  1. a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
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verb -goes, -going or -goed
  1. (intr) to perform this dance
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Derived Formstangoist, noun

Word Origin

C20: from American Spanish, probably of Niger-Congo origin; compare Ibibio tamgu to dance

Tango

noun
  1. communications a code word for the letter t
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Word Origin and History for tangoed

tango

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tangoed in Culture

tango

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

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