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noun, plural lin·goes.
  1. the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual: gamblers' lingo.
  2. language or speech, especially if strange or foreign.
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Origin of lingo1

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


noun, plural lin·goes.
  1. lingoe.
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or lin·go

  1. 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.
  2. the same object attached to a drawloom.
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Origin of lingoe

probably < French lingot ingot
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Related Words

patois, vocabulary, argot, vernacular, jargon, slang, patter, language, idiom, cant, speech, tongue, talk

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noun plural -goes
  1. informal any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc
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Word Origin

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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