noun, plural ta·boos.
- the system, practice, or act whereby things are set apart as sacred, forbidden for general use, or placed under a prohibition or interdiction.
- the condition of being so set apart, forbidden, or interdicted.
verb (used with object), ta·booed, ta·boo·ing.
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Origin of taboo
SYNONYMS FOR taboo
synonym study for taboo
historical usage of taboo
Tabu is also the variant in some other Polynesian languages of Melanesia and Micronesia. In Maori (the Polynesian language spoken on New Zealand), the form is tapu, which is also the reconstructed Proto-Polynesian form. Hawaiian has the variant kapu (Hawaiian changes Polynesian initial t- to k- ).
Use of tabu, taboo as a noun and verb is only in English: all the Polynesian forms are adjectives.
Words nearby taboo
Example sentences from the Web for taboo
You’ll continue to see us create products and experiences for our community that innovate in taboo categories.The Gen Z founders of a boutique skincare brand tackling chronic skin conditions and stigma|Rachel King|September 13, 2020|Fortune
Just as important, it opened up a conversation in the households of countless straight Americans about a subject that would previously have been shrouded behind an unbreakable taboo.
However, menstruation is usually a taboo and embarrassing topic to discuss with friends, coaches, and teammates—so most women are left with few strategies to mitigate the effects of their cycle on their workouts except to grin and bear it.
We could follow their lead and loosen up, liberating ourselves from the opinion that our taboos are anything other than social constraints.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Charles King|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
Along with WASH the organisation also runs a project simultaneously – “Breaking The Bloody Taboo” to crush age old taboos about menstruation, which leads to the mistreatment towards women in many rural and urban areas.Menstruation Comes With Innumerable Taboos In India|LGBTQ-Editor|May 29, 2020|No Straight News
As Armstrong writes, “It was not a ‘great objective something,’ but had imprecise connotations of obligation and taboo.”Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our culture is becoming more open-minded about previously taboo subjects.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars|Aurora Snow|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everything was on the table, the promos said; no subjects were taboo.
Lingerie—once so scandalous, erotic—was worse than taboo, it was passé.
Would it have revealed a sensual side to Lincoln that has become a taboo subject, and that is much too difficult to document?
Marriage, a conventionalized breach of taboo, is the beginning of a new family.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
We have noticed traces of taboo on women and strangers: what of the vinctus?The Religious Experience of the Roman People|W. Warde Fowler
Taboo animals are thought to give favourable and unfavourable omens.Human Animals|Frank Hamel
But the baseball reporters named Matty's favorite delivery after her chin, and from there down the curves was taboo.Gullible's Travels, Etc.|Ring W. Lardner
The gourd called churakhai, palmyra fruit, and palmyra jaggery are taboo to the Nambūtiri at all times.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for taboo
noun plural -boos or -bus
Word Origin for taboo
Medical definitions for taboo
n. pl. ta•boos
Cultural definitions for taboo
A descriptive term for words, objects, actions, or people that are forbidden by a group or culture. The expression comes from the religion of islanders of the South Pacific.