noun, plural sam·bas.
verb (used without object), sam·baed, sam·ba·ing.
Origin of samba
Examples from the Web for samba
“We want her to appear with the Samba band and come on and say ‘Shut the ---- up’,” one of the organisers explained.Dame Helen Mirren: One Loves Drummers, Just Not Outside A Theatre|Tom Sykes|May 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Behind the samba beat, the country remains deeply polarized at home, in politics, and in the pews.Brazil’s Surge in Violence Against Gays Is Just Getting Worse|Kristian Jebsen|April 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was none other than comic Margaret Cho, dancing a samba to the story of “pride.”
The Woz busted a move—and who knows what else—doing “the worm” in the middle of a samba routine in Season Nine.
BREAKOUT MOMENT: Shaking her hips—Elvis be damned—during a too-hot-for-prime time samba with partner Helio Castroneves in 2007.
Samba, the son of Mboyo, chief of Banonga, was to be whipped.
From the prisoner Samba learnt the whole history of the party since the time it left Elbel in the forest.
We found a fire of blazing wood in Samba's hut, and sat down on mats to gossip and smoke till dinner should be served.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal Vol. XVII. No. 418. New Series.|William and Robert Chambers
Samba got up: Pat had left him and stood in the entrance to the tent; the whine had become a growl.
Pat was stretched beside him, his eyes fixed on Samba, his ears pricked forward.
British Dictionary definitions for samba
noun plural -bas
verb -bas, -baing or -baed
Word Origin for samba
Word Origin and History for samba
Brazilian dance of African origin, 1885, Zemba, from Portuguese samba, shortened form of zambacueca, a type of dance, probably altered (by influence of zamacueco "stupid") from zambapalo, the name of a grotesque dance, itself an alteration of zampapalo "stupid man," from zamparse "to bump, crash." As a verb from 1949.