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n. pl. mam·bos
1. A dance in 4/4 time of Latin American origin, resembling the rumba.
2. The music for this dance.
intr.v. mam·boed, mam·bo·ing, mam·bos
To perform this dance.

[Cuban Spanish, from Haitian Creole manbo, voodoo priestess (the extended drum breaks in mambo music being likened by Cuban musicians to a voodoo priestess's ecstatic trance), perhaps from Kongo màmbu, message, conversation, ritual negotiation, plural of diàmbu, word.]


n, pl -bos
1. (Dancing) a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a voodoo priestess
vb, -bos, -boing or -boed
(Dancing) (intr) to perform the mambo
[American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess]


(ˈmɑm boʊ)

n., pl. -bos, n.
1. a ballroom dance of Caribbean origin similar to the rumba and cha-cha.
2. to dance the mambo.
[1945–50; < American Spanish]


Past participle: mamboed
Gerund: mamboing

I mambo
you mambo
he/she/it mambos
we mambo
you mambo
they mambo
I mamboed
you mamboed
he/she/it mamboed
we mamboed
you mamboed
they mamboed
Present Continuous
I am mamboing
you are mamboing
he/she/it is mamboing
we are mamboing
you are mamboing
they are mamboing
Present Perfect
I have mamboed
you have mamboed
he/she/it has mamboed
we have mamboed
you have mamboed
they have mamboed
Past Continuous
I was mamboing
you were mamboing
he/she/it was mamboing
we were mamboing
you were mamboing
they were mamboing
Past Perfect
I had mamboed
you had mamboed
he/she/it had mamboed
we had mamboed
you had mamboed
they had mamboed
I will mambo
you will mambo
he/she/it will mambo
we will mambo
you will mambo
they will mambo
Future Perfect
I will have mamboed
you will have mamboed
he/she/it will have mamboed
we will have mamboed
you will have mamboed
they will have mamboed
Future Continuous
I will be mamboing
you will be mamboing
he/she/it will be mamboing
we will be mamboing
you will be mamboing
they will be mamboing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mamboing
you have been mamboing
he/she/it has been mamboing
we have been mamboing
you have been mamboing
they have been mamboing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mamboing
you will have been mamboing
he/she/it will have been mamboing
we will have been mamboing
you will have been mamboing
they will have been mamboing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mamboing
you had been mamboing
he/she/it had been mamboing
we had been mamboing
you had been mamboing
they had been mamboing
I would mambo
you would mambo
he/she/it would mambo
we would mambo
you would mambo
they would mambo
Past Conditional
I would have mamboed
you would have mamboed
he/she/it would have mamboed
we would have mamboed
you would have mamboed
they would have mamboed


A Cuban dance, the mambo is fast, syncopated and the partners move fairly independently from each other.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mambo - a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
Verb1.mambo - dance a mambo
trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, dance - move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"


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