mondo

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[ mon-doh ]
/ mɒnˈdoʊ /

noun, plural mon·dos.Zen.

a question to a student for which an immediate answer is demanded, the spontaneity of which is often illuminating.

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Origin of mondo

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First recorded in 1925–30; from Japanese mondō, earlier mondau “rapid question and answer, catechesis between a rōshi (master) and student,” from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese wèn “inquire” + “reply”

Definition for mondo (2 of 2)

mondo2
Slang.

adverb

very; extremely: mondo cool.

adjective

large; big: a mondo history paper.

Origin of mondo

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First recorded in 1965–70; from Italian mondo “world,” extracted from the film Mondo Cane (“A Dog's World”) (1962) and reinterpreted as an adverb in Italian or pseudo-Italian phrases such as mondo bizarro “very bizarre,” literally, “bizarre world”
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