limbo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɪmbəʊ/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɪmboʊ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmbəʊ
  • Hyphenation: lim‧bo

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lymbo; equivalent to Latin limbus (border) (cognate with limp), notably in the (ablative) expression in limbō (on the edge).

Noun[edit]

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limbo (countable and uncountable, plural limbos)

  1. (Roman Catholic theology, since circa 400 A.D.) 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.
    • 2021 May 5, Philip Haigh, “I think we need better than this from the rail industry”, in RAIL, number 930, page 51:
      But the railway is in limbo, paralysed by indecision. Let's have some clarity.
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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.

Noun[edit]

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limbo (plural limbos)

  1. A dance in which dancers take 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.
    • 1993, Alan Tucker, The Berlitz Travellers Guide to the Caribbean (page 149)
      If you're not up for watching limbos, bottle dancing, and fire eating, your best bet might be a leisurely dinner []
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Verb[edit]

limbo (third-person singular simple present limbos, present participle limboing, simple past and past participle limboed)

  1. To dance in this way.

References[edit]

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “limbo”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪm.boː/
  • Hyphenation: lim‧bo

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin in limbō (on the edge).

Proper noun[edit]

limbo m or n

  1. Limbo, the place where innocent souls barred from heaven exist.
    Synonyms: limbus, voorgeborchte
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Noun[edit]

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.
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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.

Noun[edit]

limbo n (uncountable)

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

Etymology 3[edit]

From a clipping of Limburger +‎ -o.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. (colloquial) A Limburger, a person from Limburg.
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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlimbo/, [ˈlimbo̞]
  • Rhymes: -imbo
  • Syllabification: lim‧bo

Noun[edit]

limbo

  1. limbo (dance with bar that is lowered)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of limbo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative limbo limbot
genitive limbon limbojen
partitive limboa limboja
illative limboon limboihin
singular plural
nominative limbo limbot
accusative nom. limbo limbot
gen. limbon
genitive limbon limbojen
partitive limboa limboja
inessive limbossa limboissa
elative limbosta limboista
illative limboon limboihin
adessive limbolla limboilla
ablative limbolta limboilta
allative limbolle limboille
essive limbona limboina
translative limboksi limboiksi
instructive limboin
abessive limbotta limboitta
comitative limboineen
Possessive forms of limbo (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person limboni limbomme
2nd person limbosi limbonne
3rd person limbonsa

Latin[edit]

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limbō

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

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

limbo

  1. Alternative form of lymbo

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

limbo m (plural limbos)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) limbo (place for innocent souls)
  2. (figuratively) limbo (state of neglect or oblivion)
  3. (botany) blade (the flat part of a leaf or petal)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin limbus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlimbo/, [ˈlĩm.bo]

Noun[edit]

limbo m (plural limbos)

  1. (Roman Catholic theology) limbo (the place where innocent souls exist)
  2. limbo (an in-between place)
    limbo jurídicolegal limbo
  3. (botany) blade, edge
  4. (astronomy) limb

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