[mon-doh] /mɒnˈdoʊ/

noun, plural mondos. Zen.
a question to a student for which an immediate answer is demanded, the spontaneity of which is often illuminating.
very; extremely:
mondo cool.
large; big:
a mondo history paper.

“very much, extreme,” 1979, from Italian mondo “world,” from “Mondo cane,” 1961 film, literally “world for a dog” (English title “A Dog’s Life”), depicting eccentric human behavior; the word was abstracted from the original title and taken as an intensifier.


Very large or very much; humongous, important: She had a lot of things on her desk top, including a mondo-size slo-mo printer/ I’ve got a mongo bruise on my leg from field hockey/ You’d think it took some kind of miracle, or some mondo engineering breakthrough


Very; totally; fully, way: Your dad is mondo cool!/ mondo fun at the beach

[1979+; fr Italian mondo, ”world”; the mongo variant is probably just imitative]


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