lingo

noun
lin·​go | \ ˈliŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lingo (audio) \
plural lingos or lingoes

Definition of lingo

: strange or incomprehensible language or speech: such as
a : a foreign language It can be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo.
b : the special vocabulary of a particular field of interest The book has a lot of computer lingo.
c : language characteristic of an individual He has his own lingo … and at the top of each shift, he delivers a monologue that sets the table for his show.— Tim Sullivan

Examples of lingo in a Sentence

It can be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo. The book has a lot of computer lingo that I don't understand.
Recent Examples on the Web For those who don’t regularly invest in cryptocurrency, the lingo and the larger environmental and political concerns surrounding the virtual currency can be hard to understand. Thalia Beaty, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2022 In scientific lingo, these specks are dubbed nucleators. Arkansas Online, 10 Feb. 2022 Like countless other Puerto Rican millennials, Alejandro was fluent in the local lingo of reggaeton. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 The Dodgers designated Beaty for assignment, which is lingo for setting his baseball future adrift. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 There's a whole Disney lingo for these enthusiasts: Goofys. Aj Willingham; Illustrations By Leanza Abucayan, CNN, 13 Mar. 2022 Having to be able to digest all the technical lingo and be able to articulate at that moment doesn’t feel right. L'oréal Blackett, refinery29.com, 11 Apr. 2022 The song helped popularize the lingo that truck drivers used over their citizens band radios. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 3 Apr. 2022 The song helped popularize the lingo that truck drivers used over their citizens band, or CB, radios and is almost incomprehensible without a glossary of CB terms. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lingo

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lingo

probably from Lingua Franca, language, tongue, from Occitan, from Latin lingua — more at tongue

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Last Updated

14 May 2022

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“Lingo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lingo. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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