mondo

1 [mon-doh]
noun, plural mondos. Zen.
a question to a student for which an immediate answer is demanded, the spontaneity of which is often illuminating.
Compare koan.


Origin:
1925–30; < Japanese mondō, earlier mondau < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese wèn inquire + reply

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mondo

2 Slang.
adverb
1.
very; extremely: mondo cool.
adjective
2.
large; big: a mondo history paper.

Origin:
< Italian mondo world, extracted from the film Mondo Cane (1961) and reinterpreted as an adv. in Italian or pseudo-Italian phrases such as mondo bizarro very bizarre, literally, bizarre world

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mondo
"very much, extreme," 1979, from It. mondo "world," from "Mondo cane," 1961 film, lit. "world for a dog" (Eng. title "A Dog's Life"), depicting eccentric human behavior; the word was abstracted from the original title and taken as an intensifier.
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Example sentences for Mondo
They are hesitant to follow orders from mondo, but they oblige when they are threatened.
Mondo croquet mondo croquet is just like regular croquet only much bigger.
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