Definition of kayo in English:



  • A knockout.

    • ‘From November 7, 1981 through September 18, 1982 Spinks makes five defenses of his WBA title scoring five kayo's.’
    • ‘In 1959 he scored four straight kayos two of which were over rugged Joe Shaw and talented Al Andrews.’
    • ‘By the end of 1979 Tex had reeled off 13 straight kayo wins.’
    • ‘Greg then went on a successful tour of Europe, in which he scored an important kayo victory over Jose Urtain.’
    • ‘A kayo loss to Jean Claude Bouttier in France in 1972 finished Doyle as a serious contender.’
    • ‘Following his disastrous kayo losses to Cassius Clay, Sonny was written off by the experts.’
    • ‘Bernard's thirty-one kayos in forty-four fights will attest to his success in using this theory.’
    • ‘The kayo punch pinched a nerve in his neck and shelved his career.’
    • ‘Americans of all ages love a guy who climbs off the canvas, shakes his head to clear it, then goes right back to trying for a kayo.’
    • ‘‘I'm a defensive specialist,’ he stated, which helps to explain his successful avoidance of a kayo 239 of his losses; the man hates getting hit.’
    death blow, finishing blow, killing, dispatch
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  • Knock (someone) out.

    • ‘One month before Ellis defeated Quarry, Joe Frazier kayoed his amateur nemesis Buster Mathis in eleven rounds.’
    • ‘Would he have kayoed Williams had he not hurt his knee?’
    • ‘Williams won the undisputed title in 1947 by kayoing his one-time conqueror, Bob Montgomery.’
    • ‘He needs to learn defense because the first guy to put some venom behind a straight punch kayoed him with it.’
    • ‘It was great you called him ignorant because he was trying to make you look bad on national TV and you kayoed him.’
    knocked out, insensible, senseless, insentient, insensate, passed out, comatose, in a coma, inert
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1920s: representing the pronunciation of KO.