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[kom-boh] /ˈkɒm boʊ/
noun, plural combos.
  1. a small jazz or dance band.
    Compare big band.
  2. combination (defs 2–4).
Australian Slang. a white man living with Aborigines or having an Aborigine wife, usually in a common-law marriage.
Origin of combo
1920-25; comb(ination) + -o Unabridged
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Examples from the web for combo
  • Not only is the fruit-topped pancake breakfast combo still on the menu, but the name is trademarked.
  • Chalk it up to another victory for the ever-popular meat and fruit combo.
  • It's time again for the annual reminder about how fireworks and air travel are a bad combo.
  • Yet it is no mere combo of playback politicians either.
  • It's too bad, really, because some people throw the salt over their shoulders instead of taking it in combo with the lesson.
  • Absent an agreement on one or a combo of the above, the executive branch has to make choices.
  • Building a bench and arbor combo is in some ways less complicated than building a standalone bench.
  • Red and fuchsia are a bold new take on a holiday color combo.
  • Unfortunately for the offense, the combo scheme will likely free two defenders.
  • Wondering why my cold and sinus combo meds aren't clearing my sinuses.
British Dictionary definitions for combo


noun (pl) -bos
a small group of musicians, esp of jazz musicians
(informal) any combination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for combo

1929, U.S. slang, originally in entertainment (jazz groups, dance teams), short for combination.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for combo


  1. A musical group or band: a combo like Led Zeppelin (1920s+ Musicians)
  2. The combination of a safe, lock, vault, etc (1920s+)
  3. Any combination: gin and tomato juice combo/ boy-girl combo (1920s+)
  4. A bisexual: We had deep concerns that Andy was becoming a combo (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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