[ ling-goh ]
/ ˈlɪŋ goʊ /

noun, plural lin·goes.

the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual: gamblers' lingo.
language or speech, especially if strange or foreign.

Nearby words

  1. lingayata,
  2. lingayen gulf,
  3. lingcod,
  4. linger,
  5. lingerie,
  6. lingoe,
  7. lingonberry,
  8. lingua,
  9. lingua franca,
  10. lingua geographica

Origin of lingo

1650–60; apparently alteration of lingua (franca); compare Polari lingo “language”


[ ling-goh ]
/ ˈlɪŋ goʊ /

noun, plural lin·goes.


or lin·go

[ ling-goh ]
/ ˈlɪŋ goʊ /


a metal weight attached to the cords of a Jacquard harness, for lowering the warp threads after they have been raised and for keeping the harness cords taut.
the same object attached to a drawloom.

Origin of lingoe

probably < French lingot ingot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lingo


/ (ˈlɪŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -goes

informal any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc

Word Origin for lingo

C17: perhaps from lingua franca; compare Portuguese lingoa tongue

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Word Origin and History for lingo



"foreign speech," 1650s, possibly a corrupt form of lingua franca (q.v.), or from Provençal lingo "language, tongue," from Old Provençal lenga, from Latin lingua "tongue" (see lingual).

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