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[ab-oh] /ˈæb oʊ/ (sometimes initial capital letter) Australian Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
noun, plural abos.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine.
Origin of abo
1905-10; by shortening; see -o
Usage note
Since abo is simply a shortened form of aborigine, one could easily think that it is as neutral and inoffensive a term as Aussie usually is for an Australian. However, abo is as highly offensive to Australian Aborigines as nigger is to African Americans in the United States.



[aw-boo] /ˈɔ bu/
Swedish name of Turku. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He then made himself master of abo, Borgo, and the whole coast.

  • In the evening I arrived at the town of abo, which is as large as Orebro, and well built.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • There were the Russian gunboats inside the bar of the harbour of abo, firing at us with all their might.

    Sketches From My Life Hobart Pasha
  • abo, at the head of the delta, is in the very heart of the oil section.

  • abo Bey, who takes this letter to you, will raise the siege; and you are hereby instructed to cease from all hostilities.

    Fire and Sword in the Sudan Rudolf C. Slatin
  • "And you are the drosky-driver from abo," remarked the fellow, turning to Felix.

    The Czar's Spy William Le Queux
  • "In Finland," I said, examining the stamp and making out the post town to be abo.

    The Czar's Spy William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for abo


noun (sometimes not capital) (Austral, old-fashioned, taboo) (pl) Abos
  1. short for Aborigine
  2. (as modifier): an Abo reserve
Usage note
This once quite common word is now completely unacceptable


the Swedish name for Turku
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