limbo

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin limbus (border) (cognate with limp), notably in the (ablative) expression in limbo (on the edge).

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limbo (countable and uncountable, plural limbos)

  1. (Roman Catholic theology, since circa 1300) The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).
  2. (by extension, since the 16th century) Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.
    My application has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for two weeks.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Word of uncertain West Indian (notably Jamaican) origin, probably an alteration of limber as it is a physical agility test.

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limbo (uncountable)

  1. A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.
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  • limbo” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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Etymology 1[edit]

From the Latin expression in limbo "on the edge".

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limbo n (uncountable)

  1. Limbo, the place where innocent souls barred from heaven exist.

limbo m (plural limbo's, diminutive limbootje n)

  1. Limbo, in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.

Etymology 2[edit]

Word of uncertain West Indian (possibly Jamaican) origin, recorded since 1956, probably an alteration of limber as it is a physical agility test.

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limbo n (uncountable)

  1. limbo, the low-dancing game below a bar

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Latin[edit]

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limbō

  1. dative singular of limbus
  2. ablative singular of limbus

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin limbus

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limbo m (plural limbos)

  1. (Roman Catholic theology) limbo
  2. (botany) blade, edge
  3. (astronomy) limb