- 1(In some Christian beliefs) the supposed abode of the souls of unbaptized infants, and of the just who died before Christ’s coming.More example sentences
- She wore a black bonnet to match her dress and gloves; to Jeremiah she looked like an engraving he'd once seen of a restless soul in limbo.
- Some theologians have taught the existence of a place or state called Limbo which is intermediate between Heaven and Hell.
- At school, like my peers, I was indoctrinated in the mysteries of original and venal sin, virgin birth, the respective criteria for entry to limbo, purgatory, and heaven.
- 2An uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition: the legal battle could leave the club in limbo until next yearMore example sentences
- So there they stayed, in limbo, until after resolution 1441 when last November they were allowed to return.
- But the decision still left them in limbo until a final decision could be made on the park's future.
- The players and the many supporters who turn out each week to get behind their club, deserve much better than being left in limbo for an indefinite period.
- 2.1A state of neglect or oblivion: these prisoners are in limbo: no one is responsible for their welfareMore example sentences
- In time, argues Winnicott, the transitional object is relegated to limbo, neither mourned nor forgotten, just losing its meaning.
late Middle English: from the medieval Latin phrase in limbo, from limbus 'hem, border, limbo'.
noun (plural limbos)
- A West Indian dance in which the dancer bends backwards to pass under a horizontal bar which is progressively lowered to a position just above the ground.More example sentences
- Play limbo, dance barefoot and swim like a tropical fish.
- The Trinidadians must take credit/responsibility for the limbo, that impressive athletic feat which is now the scourge of every tropical party.
verb[no object] Back to top
- Perform the limbo: the children limboed under the barMore example sentences
- While listening to calypso music, many of those being entertained like to dance the limbo, a dance very popular among Grenadian Americans.
- Conway Twitty was playing on my dad's phonograph, and she was dancing the limbo.
- Children from the day nursery made their own party food and danced and performed the limbo.
1950s: from limber1.