Definition of Winnebago in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌwinəˈbāɡō/

noun (plural same or Winnebagos)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly living in eastern Wisconsin and now mainly in southern Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Example sentences
  • In our assessment, the figures for the Winnebago (in eastern Wisconsin) probably most closely represent the kind of mixed economy the Oneota in western Wisconsin had during the time period of interest.
  • The oral traditions of the Sioux, Hidatsa, Caddo, and Winnebago described the twins as having great power as well.
  • As the most ancient form, ‘He-who-wears-human-heads-as-earrings’ is one of the four principal deities of the Winnebago.
2The Siouan language of the Winnebago.
3 (plural Winnebagos) US trademark A motor vehicle with living accommodations used when traveling long distances or camping.
Example sentences
  • In 1979 I glimpsed a dilapidated Winnebago in the parking garage of Denver's Stapleton Airport.
  • But we don't need the stuff; I'd be happy living in a Winnebago with David because I love him so much.
  • It introduced some of the festival buzz to backstage, which until then had been filled with luxury Winnebagos - not very rock 'n' roll,’ Falconer says.


Relating to the Winnebago people or their language.
Example sentences
  • According to Winnebago tradition, the ‘Children of the Sun’ wore inflated turkey bladders as headdresses.
  • He has at least two aliases, best described by a passage given to Radin by his Winnebago informant, Sam Blowsnake, who quoted the oral tradition as spoken from Red Horn (the little brother) himself.
  • Since 1995, unemployment on the Winnebago reservation has plunged from 70 percent to 20 percent.


Algonquian, literally 'person of the dirty water', referring to the muddy Fox River.

Words that rhyme with Winnebago

Diego, galago, Jago, lumbago, sago, Tierra del Fuego, Tobago

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Syllabification: Win·ne·ba·go

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