noun, plural kan·ga·roos, (especially collectively) kan·ga·roo.
- kanga pirau,
- kangaroo care,
- kangaroo closure,
- kangaroo court,
- kangaroo dog,
- kangaroo grass
Origin of kangaroo
Examples from the Web for kangaroo
And this is not the first time that the kangaroo courts of rural India have made such appalling judgments.
Capital Cities, "Kangaroo Court" This song has been around for a few weeks, but this video takes it to a whole new level.From Katy Perry to Alice in Chains, the Best Music Videos of the Week|Victoria Kezra|September 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I felt as if I were in a literary version of kangaroo court.The Maslin Stain: A Writer Defends Himself Against the NYT Critic|William Stadiem|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“He was just a nice guy,” said Renee, a manager at the Kangaroo gas station.
I suppose you've seen a piano—you'll know it from a kangaroo?The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes|Israel Zangwill
His hind feet were four-toed webbed paddles; his legs were long and powerful like a kangaroo's.The Native Soil|Alan Edward Nourse
How many of us today, fellow-journalists, would be willing to stay in jail while the lawn festival and the kangaroo came and went?Wisconsin in Story and Song;|Various
The picture below shows the manner in which the kangaroo leaps.An Alphabet of Quadrupeds|Anonymous
Though not an aggressive animal, the kangaroo when at bay is one of the most formidable of opponents.Little Folks (November 1884)|Various
noun plural -roos
verb -roos, -rooing or -rooed
Word Origin for kangaroo
1770, used by Capt. Cook and botanist Joseph Banks, supposedly an aborigine word from northeast Queensland, Australia, usually said to be unknown now in any native language. However, according to Australian linguist R.M.W. Dixon ("The Languages of Australia," Cambridge, 1980), the word probably is from Guugu Yimidhirr (Endeavour River-area Aborigine language) /gaNurru/ "large black kangaroo."
In 1898 the pioneer ethnologist W.E. Roth wrote a letter to the Australasian pointing out that gang-oo-roo did mean 'kangaroo' in Guugu Yimidhirr, but this newspaper correspondence went unnoticed by lexicographers. Finally the observations of Cook and Roth were confirmed when in 1972 the anthropologist John Haviland began intensive study of Guugu Yimidhirr and again recorded /gaNurru/. [Dixon]
Kangaroo court is American English, first recorded 1850 in a Southwestern context (also mustang court), from notion of proceeding by leaps.