Definition of zoo
1 : a facility with usually indoor and outdoor settings where living, typically wild animals are kept especially for public exhibition —called also zooological garden, zoological park
2 : a place, situation, or group marked by crowding, confusion, or unrestrained behavior The convention was a zoo.
Examples of zoo in a sentence
The sixth grade classroom was a zoo after recess.
The supermarket was a real zoo on the night before the storm.
Origin and Etymology of zoo
short for zoological garden
First Known Use: circa 1847
Definition of zoo-
— see zo-
ZOO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zoo for English Language Learners
: a place where many kinds of animals are kept so that people can see them
: a place, situation, or group that is crowded, loud, and uncontrolled
ZOO Defined for Kids
Definition of zoo for Students
: a place where living usually wild animals are kept for showing to the public
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