- The definition of limbo is a dance where you have to duck lower and lower to get underneath a pole without touching the pole or the ground.
An example of limbo is a competition dance you do at a cook-out where you take turns wiggling your way under a pole as the pole is held closer and closer to the ground.
- Limbo is defined as a state where you uncertainly await something important, such as a decision about your future or, in some Christian religions, a place where babies go after they die if they have not been baptized.
- An example of limbo is when you wait to find out if you got a new job that will require you to move.
- An example of limbo is where the Christians believe a baby goes if he has not been baptized.
- To limbo means to do a dance where you have to duck and bend to get under a pole without touching the pole or the ground.
An example of limbo is ducking and bending your way underneath a pole without putting your hands on the ground.
- [usuallyL-] in some Christian theologies, the eternal abode or state, neither heaven nor hell, of the souls of infants or others dying in original sin but free of grievous personal sin, or, before the coming of Christ, the temporary abode or state of all holy souls after death
- any intermediate, indeterminate state
- a place or condition of confinement, neglect, or oblivion
Origin of limboMiddle English from L, ablative of limbus, edge, border (in in limbo, in or on the border) from Indo-European an unverified form (s)lemb-, to hand down: see limp
Origin of limboprobably altered from limber
- often Limbo Roman Catholic Church The abode of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls, as those of infants or virtuous individuals who lived before the coming of Christ.
- A condition of prolonged uncertainty or neglect: Management kept her promotion in limbo for months.
Origin of limboMiddle English from Medieval Latin (in) limbō (in) Limbo ablative of limbus Limbo ( conventionally thought to exist on the outer border of Hell ) from Latin border
Origin of limboProbably ultimately of African origin
(countable and uncountable, plural limbos)
- (Roman Catholic theology, since circa 1300) The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).
- (by extension, since the 16th century) Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.
- My application has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for two weeks.
Word of uncertain West Indian (notably Jamaican) origin, probably an alteration of limber as it is a physical agility test.