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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.
1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lingo
  • The shoe salesman has a lingo all of his own, quite incomprehensible to the average customer.
  • If you're interested in career options at the labs, don't worry about understanding the lingo.
  • His naming system, known as binomial nomenclature, became the standard scientific lingo and is still used today.
  • That's marketing lingo for what's essentially noise cancellation.
  • And your ability to speak and understand the lingo will serve you well during your next interview for a full-time position.
  • Rather than hiring an ebonics expert to understand the lingo of drug dealers, they'd be better off hiring a former drug dealer.
  • Goat is railroad lingo for the smaller locomotives used for moving rail cars around over short distances.
  • That's because the insular subculture of this thankless job requires a lingo almost as funky as the work itself.
  • We're talking standard boiler-plate lingo here--nothing to get upset about.
  • Honestly, it seems to me that you're the one playing lingo tricks.
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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