da·​go ˈdā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce dago (audio)
plural dagos or dagoes
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a person of Italian or Spanish birth or descent

Word History


alteration of earlier diego, from Diego, a common Spanish given name

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dago was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Dago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dago. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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