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  • n. a Russian martial art and combat sport.
  • n. A sandwich.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A negro; sometimes, the offspring of a black person and a mulatto; -- formerly used colloquially or with humorous intent, but now considered offensive or racist by African-Americans.
  • n. In Central America, an Indian and negro half-breed, or mixed blood.
  • n. A colloquial or humorous appellation for a negro; sometimes, the offspring of a black person and a mulatto; a zambo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The offspring of a black person and a mulatto.
  • n. The offspring of a negro and an Indian.


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From Russian самбо (sámbo), abbreviation of самооборона/самозащита без оружия "self-defense without weapons".

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Abbreviation of sandwich.


  • However, the owner of the cafe has responded by saying that no racist insult was intended as the term sambo was an abbreviated version of sandwich, just like “sarnie”.

    Gordon Browns "Cool Britannia"

  • I use the word "sambo" - it means something similar to a common-law husband (or wife, since it's a unisex word).


  • The sambo is a curiously shaped little table on which offer-ings are made to the Shinto gods; and almost every well-to-do household in hzumo has its own sambo -- such a family sambo being smaller, however, than sambo used in the temples.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • Then it is believed the serpents come from the sea to the land, and coil upon the sambo, which is the table of the gods, for the serpents announce the coming; and the Dragon-King sends messengers to the temples of Izanagi and Izanami, the parents of gods and men. '

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan First Series

  • West Indies, and they have as many quarterings as a German prince, in his coat of arms; a quadroon looks down upon a mulatto, while a mulatto looks down upon a sambo, that is, half mulatto half negro, while a sambo in his turn looks down upon a nigger.

    Peter Simple

  • The story may have contributed to the use of the word "sambo" as a racial slur.

    Hancock (2008)

  • We know that "sambo" is a racial slur for us, but it actually came from a children's book called "The Story of Little Black Sambo" published 1899 by Scottish author Helen Bannerman.

    Taking Animation Seriously: Thoughts on Ratatouille (Spoiler Alert)

  • a profusion of thin circles, called sambo, made of the giraffe's tail-hairs bound round by the thinnest iron or copper wire; whilst the men at home wear loin-cloths, but in the field, or whilst travelling, simply hang a goat-skin over their shoulders, exposing at least three-fourths of their body in a rather indecorous manner.

    The Discovery of the Source of the Nile

  • Scribblenauts caught in 'sambo' racism controversy


  • And someone who refers to blacks as "sambo" and to Alaska's indigenous people as "arctic arabs," running for vice president on the ticket with a man who is a walking medical disaster waiting to happen.

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  • Also a martial art style used by the Russian military.

    March 30, 2009

  • Sandwich.

    September 17, 2008