interjection jin·go \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of JINGO

—used as a mild oath usually in the phrase by jingo

Origin of JINGO

probably euphemism for Jesus
First Known Use: 1694


plural jingoes

Definition of JINGO

:  one characterized by jingoism
jin·go·ish \-ish\ adjective

Examples of JINGO

  1. <a jingo who thought other countries should automatically follow his country's policies>
  2. <the often bitter rhetoric between the jingoes and the committed pacifists>

Origin of JINGO

from the fact that the phrase by jingo appeared in the refrain of a chauvinistic song
First Known Use: 1878

Rhymes with JINGO


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