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[ling-goh] /ˈlɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural lingoes.
the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual:
gamblers' lingo.
language or speech, especially if strange or foreign.
Origin of lingo1
1650-60; apparently alteration of lingua (franca); compare Polari lingo language


[ling-goh] /ˈlɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural lingoes.


or lingo

[ling-goh] /ˈlɪŋ goʊ/
a metal weight attached to the cords of a Jacquard harness, for lowering the warp threads after they have been raised and for keeping the harness cords taut.
the same object attached to a drawloom.
probably < French lingot ingot Unabridged
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  • It is not often that one finds a rough-rider and ex-cowboy who is able to tackle a don in his own lingo.

  • I can talk to the men—well it is that I know their lingo sufficiently for that.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • In the lingo of the street, he knows "where he is at," and the measure of security afforded him.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • There is no end of 'paddies' along this river, and I'm sure they cannot understand your lingo.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Elsewhere the constant presence either of semi-poetic phraseology or of some kind of "lingo" was almost fatal.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for lingo


noun (pl) -goes
(informal) any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from lingua franca; compare Portuguese lingoa tongue
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Word Origin and History for lingo

"foreign speech," 1650s, possibly a corrupt form of lingua franca (q.v.), or from Provençal lingo "language, tongue," from Old Provençal lenga, from Latin lingua "tongue" (see lingual).

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



Language; jargon; idiom (1660+)

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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lingo in Technology

An animation scripting language.
[MacroMind Director V3.0 Interactivity Manual, MacroMind 1991].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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