One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural lingoes, Plural lingoshumorous, informal
1A foreign language or local dialect.‘it doesn't matter if you can't speak the lingo’
speech, writing, communication, verbal expression, verbalization, vocalization, conversation, speaking, talking, words, utterance, vocabulary, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation, talk, discourse, interchange, intercourse, interactionlanguage, tongue, speech, parlance, vocabulary, mother tongue, native tongueView synonyms
- ‘Felicity of language is a strong point, and he switches with ease from English into the local lingo.’
- ‘Learn the lingo with an evening class in a foreign language.’
- ‘Scientists searching for patterns within this cacophony of lingoes are convinced that languages hold pivotal clues to questions about human history that other areas of study have been unable to answer.’
- ‘Just wave the camera and smile if you can't speak the local lingo.’
- ‘She can speak the lingo and read signs and menus.’
- 1.1 The vocabulary or jargon of a particular subject or group of people.‘computer lingo’
jargon, terminology, idiom, slang, argot, cantView synonyms
- ‘Oh, sure, the spiritual world must necessarily involve some new or unusual vocabulary / lingo.’
- ‘The novelist Herman Melville described the underworld vocabulary as ‘the foulest of all human lingoes, that dialect of sin and death, known as the Cant language, or the Flash.’’
- ‘In computer lingo, this is referred to as a Centralized Network Topology.’
- ‘While we're on the subject of units, it's important to understand that construction measurement has a language and lingo all its own.’
- ‘Well, one might say that such a lingo is spoken only by teenagers and young adults, but is it really so?’
- ‘In the technical lingo, connecting programs in this way is often called systems integration.’
- ‘I guess economists can be a bit specialized but I was once a High School economics teacher so I speak the lingo, as it were.’
- ‘He should bounce back, as we say in the medical lingo, within a few days, I think.’
- ‘Each subject has its own lingo, meaning that, where appropriate, he lays his particular accent on thicker.’
- ‘He preferred not to trust someone ahead of himself, so he even learned the medical lingo.’
Mid 17th century: probably via Portuguese lingoa from Latin lingua ‘tongue’.
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