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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A game of chance in which each player has one or more cards printed with differently numbered squares on which to place markers when the respective numbers are drawn and announced by a caller. The first player to mark a complete row of numbers is the winner.
  • interj. Used to express the sudden completion of an event, occurrence of an idea, or confirmation of a guess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A game of chance for two or more players, who mark off numbers on a grid as they are announced by the caller; the game is won by the first person to call out "bingo!" or "house!" after crossing off all numbers on the grid or in one line of the grid.
  • n. A win in such a game.
  • n. A play where all seven letter tiles are played.
  • interj. Used by players of bingo to claim a win.
  • interj. Used when finding what one has been looking for or trying to recall.
  • interj. Similarly, used to declare "You've just made my point!" or "My point exactly!".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a game commonly used for low-stakes gambling, in which numbered balls or slips are drawn at random and players cover the correponding numbers on their cards, called Bingo cards, which have square arrangement of such numbers. Each card has a different arrangement of the numbers, and the first player to cover all numbers in one row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) is the winner, usually announcing that fact by a cry of “Bingo!”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game of dominoes essentially identical with the card game of sixty-six. See sixty-six.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alternate form of bing, suggesting a ringing sound (1925). (Wiktionary)

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  • Nigerian English - 1. Dog 2. Cooked dog meat. See Four-o-four. 3. Common dog name in Nigeria.

    September 17, 2008

  • Also a P.G. Wodehouse character: Bingo Little, went to school with Bertie Wooster (and is fond of reminding him of such). Loves not wisely, nor terribly well for the most part. Participant in The Great Sermon Handicap.

    January 26, 2008

  • That's one of my pet peeves. They should be called scrabbles not bingos. Why drag in a different game?

    January 25, 2008

  • Also when a scrabble player uses all seven letters in one play.

    January 25, 2008

  • In aviation (especially military): the equivalent of "Hmmmm...time to RTB (return to base), I'm bingo fuel." The fuel needed to RTB with required reserves for, say, a missed approach and/or holding for weather.

    January 25, 2008