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(tă′bo͞o′, tə-)
n.adj. & v.
Variant of taboo.


(təˈbu, tæ-)

adj., n., pl. -boos, adj.
1. proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable: taboo words.
2. set apart as sacred; forbidden for general use; placed under a prohibition or bar.
3. a prohibition or interdiction of something; exclusion from use or practice.
4. the system or practice of setting things apart as sacred or forbidden for general use.
5. exclusion from social relations; ostracism.
6. to put under a taboo; prohibit or forbid.
7. to ostracize.
[1770–80; < Tongan tapu or Fijian tabu]


Past participle: tabued
Gerund: tabuing

I tabu
you tabu
he/she/it tabus
we tabu
you tabu
they tabu
I tabued
you tabued
he/she/it tabued
we tabued
you tabued
they tabued
Present Continuous
I am tabuing
you are tabuing
he/she/it is tabuing
we are tabuing
you are tabuing
they are tabuing
Present Perfect
I have tabued
you have tabued
he/she/it has tabued
we have tabued
you have tabued
they have tabued
Past Continuous
I was tabuing
you were tabuing
he/she/it was tabuing
we were tabuing
you were tabuing
they were tabuing
Past Perfect
I had tabued
you had tabued
he/she/it had tabued
we had tabued
you had tabued
they had tabued
I will tabu
you will tabu
he/she/it will tabu
we will tabu
you will tabu
they will tabu
Future Perfect
I will have tabued
you will have tabued
he/she/it will have tabued
we will have tabued
you will have tabued
they will have tabued
Future Continuous
I will be tabuing
you will be tabuing
he/she/it will be tabuing
we will be tabuing
you will be tabuing
they will be tabuing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tabuing
you have been tabuing
he/she/it has been tabuing
we have been tabuing
you have been tabuing
they have been tabuing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tabuing
you will have been tabuing
he/she/it will have been tabuing
we will have been tabuing
you will have been tabuing
they will have been tabuing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tabuing
you had been tabuing
he/she/it had been tabuing
we had been tabuing
you had been tabuing
they had been tabuing
I would tabu
you would tabu
he/she/it would tabu
we would tabu
you would tabu
they would tabu
Past Conditional
I would have tabued
you would have tabued
he/she/it would have tabued
we would have tabued
you would have tabued
they would have tabued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tabu - a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
bias, prejudice, preconception - a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
2.tabu - an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
inhibition - the quality of being inhibited
Adj.1.tabu - forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
2.tabu - excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject"
impermissible - not permitted; "impermissible behavior"


also tabu
bannaîur, forboîinn



(təˈbuː) plurals taˈboos ~taˈbus noun, adjective
(something) forbidden for religious reasons or because it is against social custom. Alcohol is (a) taboo in Muslim societies.


, tabu
n. tabú, prohibición;
a. prohibido-a.
References in classic literature ?
For thousands of years this clan have dwelt in Shechem under strict tabu, and having little commerce or fellowship with their fellow men of any religion or nationality.
The film's other primary intention was to create gripping tension between its two big draws -- Devgn and Tabu.
Within this stage a Local search is implemented by the Tabu Search algorithm on the good initial solutions generated by genetic operations in order to avoid recycling in the search.
But it is at just this point that one has second thoughts, since earlier ethnographic accounts suggested that big men were in the habit of exploiting their poorer kin in the interests of accumulating wealth in both tabu and cash.
But unlike those, Tabu and People on Sunday were documentary fictions, in which supposedly everyday people took the place of movie stars.
DJ Kym will be performing on May 30 at Tabu as part of the Afro-Carribean Night organised by Wisip Entertainment in conjunction with Cossta Productions.
Mohamed Sidi Ibrahim, a Tabu leader, underlined that the south of Libya is the symbol of tolerance and altruism and the reconciliation agreement reached is an example to be followed by others in order to build a new, united and secure Libya.
In the frame now are actress Tabu and newcomer Daisy Shah.
They cover optimization and water resources management, the established yet evolving relationship between genetic algorithms and water resource management, applying genetic algorithms in optimizing the design of irrigation networks, simulated annealing algorithms for optimizing water systems, particle swarm optimization, tabu search for managing groundwater, the harmony search algorithm, and groundwater optimal management using an outer approximation approach.
The old Tabu nightclub on Westgate Street was shut down in 2009 amid claims the venue had been at the centre of fights and glassings.
The fighting in Sabah was between southern Libyan Arab tribes, which reportedly had close connections to Gaddafi, and the African Tabu tribe, which fought against him.