1

gumbo

noun gum·bo \ ˈgəm-(ˌ)bō \

Definition of gumbo

plural gumbos
1 :a soup thickened with okra pods or filé and containing meat or seafoods and usually vegetables
2 :okra 1
3 a :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

gumbo

adjective

Origin and Etymology of gumbo

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


2

gumbo

noun, often capitalized

Definition of gumbo

:creole 4a

Origin and Etymology of gumbo

American French gombo, perhaps from Kongo nkômbô runaway slave


GUMBO Defined for Kids

gumbo

noun gum·bo \ ˈgəm-ˌbō \

Definition of gumbo for Students

plural gumbos
:a rich soup usually thickened with okra


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gumbo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!