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noun, plural tur·bos.
  1. turbine.
  2. Informal. turbocharger.
  3. an automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine equipped with a turbocharger.
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Origin of turbo

1655–65, in sense “tornado”; 1900–05 for def 1; in part < Latin turbō top, whirlwind, in part by shortening of turbocharged or turbocharger


  1. a combining form representing turbine in compound words: turbojet.
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Origin of turbo-

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Historical Examples

  • Here is my turbo, do you consent to receive the adoption of the Moluchos and march with them?

    The Smuggler Chief

    Gustave Aimard

  • It was at that moment that Turbo looked up to see what the Marquis thought of it.

  • Turbo accompanied him to a tavern hard by for a parting cup.

  • Let it be said at once frankly, she and Turbo had loved each other.

  • In a moment he had the lie and a stinging blow on the mouth from Turbo's glove.

British Dictionary definitions for turbo


combining form
  1. of, relating to, or driven by a turbineturbofan
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Word Origin and History for turbo


word-forming element, abstracted c.1900 from turbine; influenced by Latin turbo "spinning top."

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