noun (1)
gum·​bo | \ ˈgəm-(ˌ)bō \
plural gumbos

Definition of gumbo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a soup thickened with okra pods or filé and containing meat or seafoods and usually vegetables
3a : any of various fine-grained silty soils especially of the central U.S. that when wet become impervious and soapy or waxy and very sticky
b : a heavy sticky mud


noun (2), often capitalized

Definition of gumbo (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from gumbo

Noun (1)

gumbo adjective

First Known Use of gumbo

Noun (1)

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gumbo

Noun (1)

American French gombo, of Bantu origin; akin to Umbundu ochinggômbo okra

Noun (2)

American French gombo, perhaps from Kongo nkômbô runaway slave

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The first known use of gumbo was in 1805

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gum·​bo | \ ˈgəm-ˌbō \
plural gumbos

Kids Definition of gumbo

: a rich soup usually thickened with okra

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to gather or build up little by little

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