See also: MONGO, Mongo, möngö, and môngò

English

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Etymology 1

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Unknown

Noun

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mongo (uncountable)

  1. (New York City) Still-usable things salvaged (by sanmen) from garbage. [since the 1970s or 80s]
    • 1984, [NYC] Issue 1-6, page 51:
      The old room was furnished in "mongo," Sanit lingo for stuff picked out of the garbage. Mongo-picking, Ukeles explained, "is against the law. The garbage belongs to the City. But until a recent rehabilitation program, which is the first since the Depression, the Sanmen never had their own furnishings.” Prior to the show, the Sanmen voted on the worst facilities in the system and Ukeles selected the exhibition mongo from them—shabby, broken-down furniture, walls cluttered with cheap []
    • 2006, Fine Books & Collections, volume 4, page 56, reviewing MONGO: Adventures in Trash by Ted Botha (2004):
      [Mongo] refers to trash, or more specifically, to treasure found in trash: books, artifacts, furniture, even food. Ted Botha's book explores a whole culture, and various subcultures, that revolve around mongo. Those obsessed with mongo often live on the margins, []
    • 2013, Robin Nagle, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks, →ISBN:
      Loading out on house-to-house can take many hours, but such routes have other perks, especially for someone who likes to mongo. As a noun, “mongo” is Sanitation slang for treasure salvaged from the trash, with an understanding that the definition of “treasure” is both broad and personal. As a verb, “to mongo” is to look for and rescue such wealth. Sal Federici didn't mongo, but he tolerated his partner's predilection for it. Ray Kurtz was not the district's acknowledged mongo king, []

Further reading

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  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang

Etymology 2

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Noun

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mongo (plural mongos)

  1. Clipping of mongoloid.

Etymology 3

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Borrowed from Spanish mungo. Compare Tagalog monggo / munggo.

Noun

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mongo (uncountable)

  1. (Philippines) mung bean
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Chuukese

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Verb

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mongo

  1. to eat

Finnish

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Etymology

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Ultimately from Mongolian мөнгө (möngö).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmoŋːo/, [ˈmo̞ŋːo̞]
  • Rhymes: -oŋːo
  • Syllabification(key): mon‧go

Noun

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mongo

  1. möngö (one 100th of tugrik, the currency of Mongolia)

Declension

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Inflection of mongo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative mongo mongot
genitive mongon mongojen
partitive mongoa mongoja
illative mongoon mongoihin
singular plural
nominative mongo mongot
accusative nom. mongo mongot
gen. mongon
genitive mongon mongojen
partitive mongoa mongoja
inessive mongossa mongoissa
elative mongosta mongoista
illative mongoon mongoihin
adessive mongolla mongoilla
ablative mongolta mongoilta
allative mongolle mongoille
essive mongona mongoina
translative mongoksi mongoiksi
abessive mongotta mongoitta
instructive mongoin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of mongo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative mongoni mongoni
accusative nom. mongoni mongoni
gen. mongoni
genitive mongoni mongojeni
partitive mongoani mongojani
inessive mongossani mongoissani
elative mongostani mongoistani
illative mongooni mongoihini
adessive mongollani mongoillani
ablative mongoltani mongoiltani
allative mongolleni mongoilleni
essive mongonani mongoinani
translative mongokseni mongoikseni
abessive mongottani mongoittani
instructive
comitative mongoineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative mongosi mongosi
accusative nom. mongosi mongosi
gen. mongosi
genitive mongosi mongojesi
partitive mongoasi mongojasi
inessive mongossasi mongoissasi
elative mongostasi mongoistasi
illative mongoosi mongoihisi
adessive mongollasi mongoillasi
ablative mongoltasi mongoiltasi
allative mongollesi mongoillesi
essive mongonasi mongoinasi
translative mongoksesi mongoiksesi
abessive mongottasi mongoittasi
instructive
comitative mongoinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative mongomme mongomme
accusative nom. mongomme mongomme
gen. mongomme
genitive mongomme mongojemme
partitive mongoamme mongojamme
inessive mongossamme mongoissamme
elative mongostamme mongoistamme
illative mongoomme mongoihimme
adessive mongollamme mongoillamme
ablative mongoltamme mongoiltamme
allative mongollemme mongoillemme
essive mongonamme mongoinamme
translative mongoksemme mongoiksemme
abessive mongottamme mongoittamme
instructive
comitative mongoinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative mongonne mongonne
accusative nom. mongonne mongonne
gen. mongonne
genitive mongonne mongojenne
partitive mongoanne mongojanne
inessive mongossanne mongoissanne
elative mongostanne mongoistanne
illative mongoonne mongoihinne
adessive mongollanne mongoillanne
ablative mongoltanne mongoiltanne
allative mongollenne mongoillenne
essive mongonanne mongoinanne
translative mongoksenne mongoiksenne
abessive mongottanne mongoittanne
instructive
comitative mongoinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative mongonsa mongonsa
accusative nom. mongonsa mongonsa
gen. mongonsa
genitive mongonsa mongojensa
partitive mongoaan
mongoansa
mongojaan
mongojansa
inessive mongossaan
mongossansa
mongoissaan
mongoissansa
elative mongostaan
mongostansa
mongoistaan
mongoistansa
illative mongoonsa mongoihinsa
adessive mongollaan
mongollansa
mongoillaan
mongoillansa
ablative mongoltaan
mongoltansa
mongoiltaan
mongoiltansa
allative mongolleen
mongollensa
mongoilleen
mongoillensa
essive mongonaan
mongonansa
mongoinaan
mongoinansa
translative mongokseen
mongoksensa
mongoikseen
mongoiksensa
abessive mongottaan
mongottansa
mongoittaan
mongoittansa
instructive
comitative mongoineen
mongoinensa

Italian

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Pronunciation

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Etymology 1

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Borrowed from Mongolian мөнгө (möngö).

Noun

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mongo m (invariable)

  1. möngö (one hundredth of a tugrik)

Etymology 2

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Probably of Bantu origin.

Adjective

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mongo (invariable)

  1. of or pertaining to the Mongo people

Noun

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mongo m or f by sense (invariable)

  1. one who is part of the Mongo people

Noun

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mongo m (uncountable)

  1. Mongo (Bantu language)

Further reading

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  • mongo in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti, Olivetti Media Communication

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Portuguese

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Etymology

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Clipping of mongoloide.

Pronunciation

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  • Hyphenation: mon‧go

Noun

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mongo m (plural mongos, feminine monga, feminine plural mongas)

  1. (slang) idiot

Adjective

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mongo (feminine monga, masculine plural mongos, feminine plural mongas)

  1. (slang, derogatory) idiot; fool; retarded

Romanian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from German Mongo.

Noun

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mongo m (plural mongos)

  1. möngö

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References

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  • mongo in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN

Spanish

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmonɡo/ [ˈmõŋ.ɡo]
  • Rhymes: -onɡo
  • Syllabification: mon‧go

Noun

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mongo m (plural mongos, feminine monga, feminine plural mongas)

  1. (colloquial, Chile, Cuba) idiot

Adjective

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mongo (feminine monga, masculine plural mongos, feminine plural mongas)

  1. (colloquial, Chile, Cuba) idiotic
    Synonyms: tonto, necio

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Swedish

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Etymology

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Clipping of mongoloid. Compare German Mongo.

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mongo n

  1. (slang, offensive) a person with Down's syndrome (or often a (congenital and) clearly noticeable disorder more generally)
  2. (slang, possibly offensive) an idiot and/or weirdo
    Synonyms: cp, idiot

Usage notes

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Less associated with its etymology compared to cp and consequently less likely to offend in (sense 2) (though cp is often fairly detached from its etymology as well).

Declension

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Declension of mongo 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mongo mongot mongon mongona
Genitive mongos mongots mongons mongonas

Derived terms

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Adjective

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mongo (comparative mer mongo, superlative mest mongo)

  1. (slang) idiotic, stupid