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[tur-boh] /ˈtɜr boʊ/
noun, plural turbos.
Informal. turbocharger.
an automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine equipped with a turbocharger.
Origin of turbo
1655-65, in sense “tornado”; 1900-05 for def 1; in part < Latin turbō top, whirlwind, in part by shortening of turbocharged or turbocharger


a combining form representing turbine, in compound words:
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  • Here is my turbo, do you consent to receive the adoption of the Moluchos and march with them?

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Let it be said at once frankly, she and turbo had loved each other.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • turbo accompanied him to a tavern hard by for a parting cup.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • In a moment he had the lie and a stinging blow on the mouth from turbo's glove.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • turbo accepted his fate, but with a bitterness that poisoned his whole nature.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • It was at that moment that turbo looked up to see what the Marquis thought of it.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • It was thus he was sitting now, when turbo was announced for his usual audience.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • "I am in love with her," said turbo, as coldly as though he were made of stone.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Kophetua's face changed to an expression which turbo had never seen there.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • All, then, that was necessary was to remove turbo's counter-attraction, and the game was won.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for turbo


combining form
of, relating to, or driven by a turbine: turbofan
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Word Origin and History for turbo


word-forming element, abstracted c.1900 from turbine; influenced by Latin turbo "spinning top."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for turbo



: Grade school kids are introduced to cocaine along with marijuana. ''It's called a turbocharge. They think turbo is not addicting (1980s+ Narcotics)

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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