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Tonto

former term for the Western Apaches, from Spanish, literally "foolish;" probably a translation of a name given to the people by other branches of the Apache, e.g. Chiricahua Apache /bini:'édiné/, Mescalero Apache /bini:'édinendé/, both literally "people without minds," and used to designate the Western Apaches. Spanish tonto is said to be originally a nursery word, used for its sound.

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  • Silver had his master in the saddle, tonto close behind him.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • He practices riding on tonto, the donkey, now, and he has had his own lasso since he was six.

    The Mexican Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • "Other Ranger all dead," said tonto, as the white man tried the mask and found it a perfect fit.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • They had gone some distance into the wood, and quite out of sight of tonto by this time.

    The Mexican Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • The fact that he had survived the fight was known only to himself and tonto.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Bobo” his detractors might call him, or “tonto”—but never “pendejo” nor “traidor.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • He slapped the white horse firmly, repeating the name "tonto."

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • tonto looked a bit surprised, then glad that he was so trusted by the girl.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
Slang definitions & phrases for tonto

tonsil hockey

noun phrase

  1. Fellatio; oral sex •Euphemistic
  2. French or other intimate kissing
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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