• (British) IPA: /ˈlɪmbəʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈlɪmboʊ/


  1. (Roman Catholic theology, since circa 400 A.D.) 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).
  2. (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.
Translations Translations Noun


  1. A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.
  • French: limbo
  • Russian: ли́мбо

limbo (limbos, present participle limboing; past and past participle limboed)

  1. To dance in this way.

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