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[joo-doh] /ˈdʒu doʊ/
a method of defending oneself or fighting without the use of weapons, based on jujitsu but differing from it in banning dangerous throws and blows and stressing the athletic or sport element.
the sport of fighting by this method.
Compare jujitsu, karate.
of or relating to this fighting method or sport.
Origin of judo
1885-90; < Japanese jūdō < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese róu soft + dào way
Related forms
judoist, noun Unabridged
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  • In his spare time, he practices judo and gardens organically, and he has started a local-food project in his neighborhood.
  • We became good friends and one day she arrived at school with the gear required for after-school judo lessons.
  • What ensues next is a judo match of sorts as the angler wrestles the fish to the surface.
  • He healed himself through bodily movements that sprang from his knowledge of judo and other martial arts.
  • He loved sailing on the estuary and excelled at judo, which he taught to younger students.
  • Turns out he prefers bicycling to basketball and once excelled in judo.
  • He's grateful to his summer camp judo teacher for teaching him how to fall.
British Dictionary definitions for judo


  1. the modern sport derived from jujitsu, in which the object is to throw, hold to the ground, or otherwise force an opponent to submit, using the minimum of physical effort
  2. (as modifier): a judo throw
Derived Forms
judoist, noun
Word Origin
Japanese, from gentleness + way
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Word Origin and History for judo

1889, from Japanese judo, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + do "way, art," from Chinese tao "way." "A refined form of ju-jitsu introduced in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, using principles of movement and balance, and practiced as a sport or form of physical exercise" [OED].

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