[ soo-moh ]
/ ˈsu moʊ /
a form of wrestling in Japan in which a contestant wins by forcing his opponent out of the ring or by causing him to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet, contestants usually being men of great height and weight.
Origin of sumo
1895–1900; < Japanese sumō, earlier suma(f)u to wrestle
Related formssu·mo·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for sumo
The Sumo Association pledged to end yakuza ties the same year.
The droll commercials include a current one for a Japanese bank in which Brad Pitt dines with a Sumo wrestler.
British Dictionary definitions for sumo
/ (ˈsuːməʊ) /
the national style of wrestling of Japan, the object of which is to force one's opponent to touch the ground with any part of his body except the soles of his feet or to step out of the ring
Word Origin for sumo
from Japanese sumō
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