jingo

1 of 2

interjection

jin·​go ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce jingo (audio)
used as a mild oath usually in the phrase by jingo

jingo

2 of 2

noun

plural jingoes
: one characterized by jingoism
jingoish adjective

Examples of jingo in a Sentence

Noun a jingo who thought other countries should automatically follow his country's policies the often bitter rhetoric between the jingoes and the committed pacifists

Word History

Etymology

Interjection

probably euphemism for Jesus

Noun

from the fact that the phrase by jingo appeared in the refrain of a chauvinistic song

First Known Use

Interjection

1663, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jingo was in 1663

Dictionary Entries Near jingo

Cite this Entry

“Jingo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingo. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

jingo

noun
jin·​go
ˈjiŋ-gō
plural jingoes
: a person who favors a warlike policy toward other countries
jingoism
-ˌiz-əm
noun
jingoistic
ˌjiŋ-gō-ˈis-tik
adjective
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