There are 2 main definitions of compo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpəʊ/

noun (plural compos)

[mass noun]
1A material made up of a mixture of different substances.
Example sentences
  • The compo consisted of a mixture of chalk and resins and was pressed into a carved wood mold.
  • Hard as stone and quite durable, compo soon became the material of choice for architects and designers working with restricted budgets.
  • This monopoly was naturally challenged and within a few years evaded by the development of a different recipe for compo.
2 (also compo rations) British Military rations consisting of a supply of tinned food designed to last a specified number of days and carried in a pack.
Example sentences
  • The slick staffers of the Green Zone were reduced to half rations and had to eat compo rations because the MSRs were shut.
  • We were also living off compo rations - don't get me wrong, it will keep a soldier going but it is very basic and when you are waiting around for months it really isn't good enough.
  • A few boxes of compo rations had been opened and some of the contents removed.


Early 19th century: abbreviation of composite.

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There are 2 main definitions of compo in English:

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compo 2 Line breaks: compo
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpəʊ/


[mass noun] Australian /NZ informal
A payment or series of payments made under a workers' compensation scheme: he claimed he’d injured his back and got compo for it
More example sentences
  • They drink, they gamble, they fight, and they claim compo.
  • State legislation is shamefully coy when it comes to compo.
  • My traumatic condition has only come to light in very recent times, since I heard about those prisoners claiming compo.


on compo
Australian /NZ informal Receiving money under a workers' compensation scheme: she’ll be out on compo for the rest of the school year
More example sentences
  • Despite medical certificates requesting other duties, disabled workers were put on compo or forced to grin and bear it.
  • It would appear the employers are not attending appointments with employees for a common cold but for a workplace injury where a person would be off on compo or disability pension.
  • That's another few million on compo due to traumatic stress.


1940s: abbreviation of compensation.

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