(sometimes initial capital letter)Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
[ ab-oh ]
/ ˈæb oʊ /
noun, plural ab·os.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.
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Origin of abo
1905–10; by shortening; see -o
usage note for abo
Since abo is simply a shortened form of aborigine, one could easily think that it is as neutral and inoffensive a term as Aussie usually is for an Australian. However, abo is as highly offensive to Australian Aborigines as nigger is to African Americans in the United States.
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Definition for abo (2 of 3)
Definition for abo (3 of 3)
[ aw-boo ]
/ ˈɔ bu /
Swedish name of Turku.
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Example sentences from the Web for abo
I jes' went to de depot an' I dim' abo'd de fus' train I sees dat look lak she might be fixin' to go sommers.The Glory of The Coming|Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for abo (1 of 2)
/ (ˈæbəʊ) /
noun plural Abos (sometimes not capital) Australian old-fashioned, taboo
- short for Aborigine
- (as modifier)an Abo reserve
usage for Abo
This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable
British Dictionary definitions for abo (2 of 2)
/ (ˈoːbuː) /
the Swedish name for Turku
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