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Clipping of combination +‎ -o


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒmbəʊ/
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combo (plural combos or comboes)

  1. A small musical group.
    The jazz combo played nightly at the little restaurant.
  2. (slang) A combination.
    I need to open the safe but I forgot the combo.
    I order the low priced combo platter: a taco, a burrito and a chimichanga.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      As the 1857 to Manchester Piccadilly rolls in, I scan the windows and realise there are plenty of spare seats, so I hop aboard. The train is a '221'+'220' combo to allow for social distancing - a luxury on an XC train as normally you're playing sardines, so I make the most of it.
  3. (video games) An action composed of a sequence of simpler actions, especially a composite attacking move in a fighting game.
    • 2002, Andy Slaven, Video Game Bible, 1985-2002:
      Obviously, this is something not seen very often, with super flashy, combo-driven fighters dominating store shelves everywhere.
  4. (gaming) Effective combination of gameplay elements.
    1. (gaming) Two or more gameplay elements (e.g. characters, items) which are powerful when used together.
      • 2019, RyuSora, “OP Combo”, in Board Game Geek[1]:
        Tm have several OP combos, i think ecology expert with kelp algea is stronger than fish combo IMO.
    2. (gaming, especially collectible card games) A strategy aiming to win by playing a specific combination of cards (or similar), often in a single turn.
      • 1999, Steven Merritt, “[ISSUE] An alternative to Banning, increase minimum deck size”, in, Usenet[2]:
        Personally I'd like to see an environment where all the major archetypes, control, beatdown, and combo are viable.
      • 1999, michele oasheim, “The Funnest Combo Decks”, in, Usenet[3]:
        Whenever I play (I play D&D alot too) I always play combo.
  5. (Australia, derogatory) A Caucasian man who marries or has a sexual relationship with an Aboriginal woman; a Caucasian man who lives among Aboriginal people and adopts Aboriginal culture
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VII, p. 107-8, [4]
      " [] Look at Ganger O'Cannon of Black Adder Creek, with his halfcaste wife and quadroon kids, a down-right family man—yet looked on as as much a combo as if he lived in a blacks' camp. Isn't that so? [] The casual comboes are respected, while men like O'Cannon and myself, who rear their kids, are utterly despised. [] "
    • 1993, Journal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, p. 97, [5]
      If he sides with the Aborigines against their employers and exploiters, he may be called a ' combo ', and yet he may not achieve popularity with the Aborigines.
    • 1996, Jeremy MacClancy and Chris McDonaugh (eds), Popularizing Anthropology, London and New York: Routledge, p. 167, [6]
      Many passages in Harney's books are written from the point of view of what he refers to as the ' combo '; a white man who has sexual relations with Aboriginal women. The combo is seen as an anarchic, egalitarian figure whose enjoyment of life largely comes through his pursuit of Aboriginal women.
  6. (graphical user interface, informal) A combo box.
    • 2000, Marcia Akins, Andy Kramek, Rick Schummer, 1001 Things You Wanted to Know about Visual FoxPro (page 127)
      Combos and lists are two very powerful controls that allow the user to select from a predetermined set of values.

Derived terms[edit]



combo (third-person singular simple present combos, present participle comboing, simple past and past participle comboed)

  1. To combine





Borrowed from English combo.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔm.boː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: com‧bo


combo m (plural combo's)

  1. (music) combo (small musical group)
  2. (video games) combo (composite move)

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Quechua kumpa.


combo m (plural combos)

  1. (Latin America) gavel, wooden hammer
    Synonym: mazo
  2. (Bolivia, Chile, Peru) punch
    Synonyms: puñetazo, puñete

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of combar.

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