Origin of banjoof African origin, originally , probably akin to Kimbundu (a Bantu language) mbanza, an instrument resembling the banjo
nounpl. ban·jos or ban·joes
Origin of banjoAkin to Jamaican English banja, fiddle; probably akin to Kimbundu and Tshiluba mbanza, a plucked stringed instrument.
(plural banjos or banjoes)
(third-person singular simple present banjos, present participle banjoing, simple past and past participle banjoed)
- To play the banjo
- (slang, UK) To beat; to knock down