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From Latin lingua ("language") + -o (diminutive suffix).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /'l./
  • (US) IPA(key): /'li?.?o?/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -


lingo (countable and uncountable, plural lingos or lingoes)

  1. Language, especially language peculiar to a particular group, field, or region; jargon or a dialect.
    • 1846, Reynolds, George W.M., The Mysteries of London volume 1, London: George Vickers, page 327:
      "You see, ma'am, I can't divest myself of my professional lingo," observed Mr. Banks.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      She had Lord James' collar in one big fist and she pounded the table with the other and talked a blue streak. Nobody could make out plain what she said, for she was mainly jabbering Swede lingo, but there was English enough, of a kind, to give us some idee.





From Proto-Indo-European *ley-. Cognate to English lick.



ling? (present infinitive lingere, perfect active l?nx?, supine l?nctum); third conjugation

  1. I lick (up)


   Conjugation of ling? (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present ling? lingis lingit lingimus lingitis lingunt
imperfect ling?bam ling?b?s ling?bat ling?b?mus ling?b?tis ling?bant
future lingam ling?s linget ling?mus ling?tis lingent
perfect l?nx? l?nxist? l?nxit l?nximus l?nxistis l?nx?runt, l?nx?re
pluperfect l?nxeram l?nxer?s l?nxerat l?nxer?mus l?nxer?tis l?nxerant
future perfect l?nxer? l?nxeris l?nxerit l?nxerimus l?nxeritis l?nxerint
passive present lingor lingeris, lingere lingitur lingimur lingimin? linguntur
imperfect ling?bar ling?b?ris, ling?b?re ling?b?tur ling?b?mur ling?b?min? ling?bantur
future lingar ling?ris, ling?re ling?tur ling?mur ling?min? lingentur
perfect l?nctus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect l?nctus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect l?nctus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present lingam ling?s lingat ling?mus ling?tis lingant
imperfect lingerem linger?s lingeret linger?mus linger?tis lingerent
perfect l?nxerim l?nxer?s l?nxerit l?nxer?mus l?nxer?tis l?nxerint
pluperfect l?nxissem l?nxiss?s l?nxisset l?nxiss?mus l?nxiss?tis l?nxissent
passive present lingar ling?ris, ling?re ling?tur ling?mur ling?min? lingantur
imperfect lingerer linger?ris, linger?re linger?tur linger?mur linger?min? lingerentur
perfect l?nctus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect l?nctus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present linge lingite
future lingit? lingit? lingit?te lingunt?
passive present lingere lingimin?
future lingitor lingitor linguntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives lingere l?nxisse l?nct?rum esse ling? l?nctum esse l?nctum ?r?
participles ling?ns l?nct?rus l?nctus lingendus, lingundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
lingend? lingend? lingendum lingend? l?nctum l?nct?

Derived terms






  1. assassination; treacherous killing or murder

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