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n. pl. lin·goes
The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar: computer lingo; the lingo of the local residents of the island; "the lingo that rough union guys used among themselves" (Philip Roth).
[Perhaps from Portuguese lingoa, tongue, language, or from Lingua Franca lingua, language; akin to Catalan llengua, Italian lingua, and Spanish lengua, tongue, language, all ultimately from Latin lingua; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -goes
(Linguistics) informal any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc
[C17: perhaps from lingua franca; compare Portuguese lingoa tongue]
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n., pl. -goes.
1. the language or vocabulary, esp. the jargon or slang, of a particular field, group, or individual.
2. language or speech, esp. if strange or foreign.
[1650–60; appar. alter. of lingua (franca)]
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|Noun||1.||lingo - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
bite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
swiz - British slang for a swindle
shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
hand job - slang for masturbation
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
caff - informal British term for a cafe
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
bunghole - vulgar slang for anus
street name - slang for something (especially for an illegal drug); "`smack' is a street name for heroin"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
skin flick - a pornographic movie
dibs - a claim of rights; "I have dibs on that last slice of pizza"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
white trash - (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished
whitey - (slang) offensive names for a White man
slant-eye - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
sheeny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew
airhead - a flighty scatterbrained simpleton; "she's a total airhead"; "every airhead on a big salary rushed out to buy one"
bad egg - (old-fashioned slang) a bad person
boffin - (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
good egg - (old-fashioned slang) a good person
guvnor - (British slang) boss
old man - (slang) boss
out-and-outer - someone who is excellent at something
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noun (Informal) language, jargon, dialect, talk, speech, tongue, idiom, vernacular, patter, cant, patois, argot I don't speak the lingo.
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1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form:
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lingo[ˈlɪŋgəʊ] n (fam, pej) qualunque lingua straniera che risulti incomprensibile; (jargon) → gergo
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