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jingo

play
interjection jin·go \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of jingo

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



Origin of jingo

probably euphemism for Jesus


First Known Use: 1694


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jingo

noun jin·go

Definition of jingo

plural jingoes

  1. :  one characterized by jingoism

jingoish play \-ish\ adjective


Examples of jingo in a sentence

  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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