Definition of limbo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmbəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmboʊ//
    (pl. limbos)
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  1. 1 [countable] a West Indian dance in which you lean backwards and go under a bar which is made lower each time you go under it
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] a situation in which you are not certain what to do next, cannot take action, etc., especially because you are waiting for somebody else to make a decision the limbo of the stateless person His life seemed stuck in limbo; he could not go forward and he could not go back.
  3. Word Originsense 2 late Middle English: from the medieval Latin phrase in limbo, from limbus ‘hem, border, limbo’.sense 1 1950s: from limber.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: limbo