from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Language that is unintelligible or unfamiliar.
- n. The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or discipline: spoke to me in the lingo of fundamentalism. See Synonyms at dialect.
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- n. Language, especially language peculiar to a particular group or region; jargon or a dialect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Language; speech; dialect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Language; speech; especially, a peculiar kind of speech, more or less unintelligible; a dialect.
- n. A large leguminous tree, Pterocarpus Indicus, or its wood. See kiabooca-wood.
- n. The weight attached to the heddle-cord in a Jacquard loom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
Probably from Portuguese lingoa, from Latin lingua, language.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)