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  1. Sambo(Noun)

    A derogatory name for a negro.

  2. Sambo(Noun)

    A person of 3/4 African descent and 1/4 Caucasian descent.

  3. Sambo(ProperNoun)

    A nickname of the given name Samuel.

  4. Sambo(ProperNoun)

    A nickname of the given name Samantha.

  5. Origin: Abbreviation of sandwich.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sambo(noun)

    a colloquial or humorous appellation for a negro; sometimes, the offspring of a black person and a mulatto; a zambo

  2. Origin: [Sp. zambo, sambo.]


  1. Sambo

    Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. The word "SAMBO" is an acronym for SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defense without weapons". Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts, Sambo has roots in Japanese Judo, international styles of wrestling, plus traditional folk styles of wrestling such as: Armenian Kokh, Georgian Chidaoba, Romanian Trîntǎ, Tatar Köräş, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagay and Azerbaijani Gulesh. The pioneers of Sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov. Oshchepkov died in prison as a result of the political purges of 1937 after accusations of being a Japanese spy. Oshchepkov spent much of his life living in Japan and training judo under its founder Kano Jigoro. The two men independently developed two different styles, which eventually cross-pollinated and became what is known as Sambo. Compared to Oshchepkov's judo-based system, then called "Freestyle Wrestling", Spiridonov's style was softer and less strength dependent. This was in large part due to Spiridonov's injuries sustained during World War I.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sambo

    sam′bō, n. a negro: properly the child of a mulatto and a negro. [Sp. zambo—L. scambus, bow-legged.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Sambo

    The generic name of a North American Negro; derived from the native Zambo, the offspring of a black and a Mulatto.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sambo in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sambo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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