abo

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

noun, plural ab·os.

a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.

adjective

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.

Definition for abo (2 of 3)

Definition for abo (3 of 3)

Åbo
[ aw-boo ]
/ ˈɔ bu /

noun

Swedish name of Turku.
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Examples 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.

British Dictionary definitions for abo (1 of 2)

Abo
/ (ˈæbəʊ) /

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

  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (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)

Åbo
/ (ˈoːbuː) /

noun

the Swedish name for Turku
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