[ab-oh](sometimes initial capital letter)Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

noun, plural ab·os.

a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.


Origin of abo

1905–10; by shortening; see -o

Usage note

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.





Swedish name of Turku.
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Examples from the Web for abo

Contemporary Examples of abo

Historical Examples of abo

  • He met Alexander personally, agreeing with him on plans of mutual action, at Abo in 1812.


    Victor Nilsson

  • In 1569 Eric was removed to Abo in Finland, where he was locked up in a secure prison.


    Victor Nilsson

  • Made by M. Argelander, late director of the Observatory at Abo.

  • In the evening I arrived at the town of Abo, which is as large as Orebro, and well built.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

  • We have just got back after a lovely afternoon at Abo (the old capital of Finland).

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife

    Mary King Waddington

British Dictionary definitions for abo


noun plural Abos (sometimes not capital) Australian old-fashioned, taboo

  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (as modifier)an Abo reserve


This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable



the Swedish name for Turku
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