gung ho

adjective
\ ˈgəŋ-ˈhō How to pronounce gung ho (audio) \

Definition of gung ho

: extremely or overly zealous or enthusiastic

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Examples of gung ho in a Sentence

We were really gung ho about joining the team. he was gung ho about his accounting class
Recent Examples on the Web Our administration, our school principal, were really gung ho. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Q&A: South Bay coaching legend talks state of football, more," 28 Aug. 2019 Fans blasted Mourinho for negative tactics, a continual bugbear of supporters pining for the more gung ho style preferred by Sir Alex Ferguson in yester years. SI.com, "Stat Highlights Just How Poor Man Utd Were Against Sevilla in Champions League Misery," 14 Mar. 2018 Whilst with Coyle the emphasis was always on attacking play - gung ho at times, in fact - the Dyche philosophy is a simple one. SI.com, "Big Picture: How Burnley Evolved From Free-Flowing Party Boys Into Rock-Solid European Contenders," 14 Mar. 2018 No release date has been set, but the studio is gung ho on Dora and is eying a 2019 bow. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dora the Explorer' Movie in the Works With Nick Stoller (Exclusive)," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gung ho

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gung ho

Gung ho!, motto (interpreted as meaning "work together") adopted by certain U.S. marines, from Chinese (Beijing) gōnghé, short for Zhōngguó Gōngyè Hézuò Shè Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society

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The first known use of gung ho was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Gung ho.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gung%20ho. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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gung ho

adjective
How to pronounce gung ho (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gung ho

sometimes disapproving : extremely excited and enthusiastic about doing something

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