[ guhm-boh ]
/ ˈgʌm boʊ /
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noun, plural gum·bos.
a stew or thick soup, usually made with chicken or seafood, greens, and okra or sometimes filé as a thickener.
soil that becomes sticky and nonporous when wet.
of, relating to, or like gumbo.
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Origin of gumbo

1795–1805, Americanism;<Louisiana French gombo, gumbo< a Bantu language; compare Umbundu ochinggombo, Luba chinggombo okra

Other definitions for gumbo (2 of 2)

[ guhm-boh ]
/ ˈgʌm boʊ /

noun (sometimes lowercase)
a French patois spoken by Black and Creole people in Louisiana and the French West Indies.

Origin of Gumbo

First recorded in 1835–40; probably from the same source as gumbo
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British Dictionary definitions for gumbo (1 of 2)



/ (ˈɡʌmbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos US and Canadian
the mucilaginous pods of okra
another name for okra
a soup or stew thickened with okra pods
a fine soil in the W prairies that becomes muddy when wet

Word Origin for gumbo

C19: from Louisiana French gombo, of Bantu origin

British Dictionary definitions for gumbo (2 of 2)

/ (ˈɡʌmbəʊ) /

(sometimes not capital) a French patois spoken by Creoles in Louisiana and the Caribbean

Word Origin for Gumbo

see gumbo
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