Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Japanese form of wrestling in which a competitor loses if forced from the ring or if any part of his body except the soles of his feet touches the ground.

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  • noun sumo a stylised Japanese form of wrestling in which a wrestler loses if he is forced from the ring, or if any part of his body except the soles of his feet touch the ground.

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  • noun a Japanese form of wrestling; you lose if you are forced out of a small ring or if any part of your body (other than your feet) touches the ground

Etymologies

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

[Japanese sumō : su, mutually + , to rush at.]

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From Japanese 相撲 (sumō), literally “to mutually rush at”.

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