foo

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Circa 1935 as nonsense word, circa 1960 in programming sense.

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Noun[edit]

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foo (uncountable)

  1. (computing) A metasyntactic variable used to represent an unspecified entity. If part of a series of such entities, it is often the first in the series, and followed immediately by bar.
    Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar.
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 foo”, The Jargon File
  2. ^ "The History of Bill Holman", Smokey-Stover.com, Smokey Stover LLC – article by nephew of Bill Holman
  3. ^ "Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion"

Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeia.

Interjection[edit]

foo

  1. Expression of disappointment or disgust.
    Oh foo – the cake burnt!
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Etymology 3[edit]

Abbreviation of fool (foolish person).

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Noun[edit]

foo (plural foos)

  1. (slang) fool, foolish person.

Etymology 4[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

foo

  1. Alternative form of Foo
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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

foo (plural foos)

  1. foe

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Verb[edit]

foo

  1. to stink