noun, plural tan·gos.

a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
music for this dance.
a word used in communications to represent the letter T.

verb (used without object), tan·goed, tan·go·ing.

to dance the tango.

Origin of tango

1910–15; < American Spanish < ?
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Examples from the Web for tangoed

Historical Examples of tangoed

  • Maybe the Times Building just tangoed across the square an' fell on me!

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • Something told me from the very first; perhaps it was the way you tangoed.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • The youngsters who had tangoed best and had shone in cabarets were swept away as grass by scythes.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • He tangoed only to show the temperamental little thing that he forgave her.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Although the young people ragged and tangoed incessantly, she rarely danced, and then it was with the young men.

British Dictionary definitions for tangoed


noun plural -gos

a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

verb -goes, -going or -goed

(intr) to perform this dance
Derived Formstangoist, noun

Word Origin for tango

C20: from American Spanish, probably of Niger-Congo origin; compare Ibibio tamgu to dance



communications a code word for the letter t
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Word Origin and History for tangoed



syncopated ballroom dance, 1913, from Argentine Spanish tango, originally the name of an African-American drum dance, probably from a Niger-Congo language (cf. Ibibio tamgu "to dance"). Phrase it takes two to tango was a song title from 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tangoed in Culture


A sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century.

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