- a form of lotto in which balls or slips, each with a number and one of the letters B, I, N, G, or O, are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers printed on their cards, the winner being the first to cover five numbers in any row or diagonal or, sometimes, all numbers on the card.
- (used to call a win in bingo.)
- (used to express suddenness or swiftness, as of an action): He waved his hand, and, bingo, the card reappeared.
- (used to acknowledge someone's sudden understanding or correct response): Bingo! That's just what I meant!
Origin of bingo
Related Words for bingopoker, roulette, bridge, lottery, bingo, canasta, gin, lotto, pinochle, twenty-one
Examples from the Web for bingo
Contemporary Examples of bingo
Print this bingo card set and find resources for male allies at www.maleallies.com.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
Because bingo and bingo-like activities are harmless and fun, Boghossian urges atheists to focus instead on the problem of faith.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers
November 2, 2013
Rumor has it he might appear at a VFW hall near you to lend a hand with the bingo proceedings.6 Funniest Moments from Conan's Debut
The Daily Beast Video
November 9, 2010
That evening, Joe Shumate, a Fiorina consultant, sent a one-word email to colleagues upon seeing the results: “Bingo.”Palin's California Rescue
June 8, 2010
Historical Examples of bingo
Bingo, true to his promise, was ever at his side ready to serve him.
"Well, we're glad to see you back, Asbury," said Bingo patronisingly.
When Asbury was gone, Mr. Bingo lay back in his chair and laughed.
My idea was to learn the bingo in advance, so as to be ready for it.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
"You told me not to maunder just now," says Bingo, with ponderous sarcasm.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- a gambling game, usually played with several people, in which numbers selected at random are called out and the players cover the numbers on their individual cards. The first to cover a given arrangement of numbers is the winnerCompare lotto
- a cry by the winner of a game of bingo
- an expression of surprise at a sudden occurrence or the successful completion of somethingand bingo! the lights went out
Word Origin for bingo
lotto-like game of chance, 1936; many theories about its origin, none satisfying; the most likely is bingo! as an exclamation of sudden realization or surprise (attested from 1923). Uncertain connection to the slang word for "brandy" (1690s); attested as "liquor" in American English, 1861. Thomas Chandler Haliburton ("Sam Slick") in "The Americans at Home" (1854) recounts a story of a drinking game in which the children's song about the farmer's dog was sung and when it came time to spell out the name, every participant had to take a letter in turn, and anyone who missed or flubbed had to drink.