pl. -·gos or -·goes
Slang a person, often dark-skinned, of Spanish, Portuguese, or, now esp., Italian descent: a term of hostility and contempt
Origin of dagoprobably altered ; from earlier diego ; from Spanish Diego, James
nounpl. da·gos or da·goes also Da·gos or Da·goes Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese descent.
Origin of dagoAlteration of Spanish Diego, a given name, from Latin Iac&omacron;bus, Jacob.
(plural dagoes or dagos)
- The sense has become less pejorative in recent years, with people of Spanish or Portuguese origin themselves adopting the term.
- Usually a sailor or deckhand. "diego" is the Portuguese nickname for any deckhand and "jack" is the British equivalent.[Citation needed]
- The sense has become more pejorative in recent years, having been considered more acceptable at the start of the 20th century. In the Upper Midwest region of the United States, the term is still used for several Italian-inspired food items with no apparent pejorative connotation.
- The word is used in the term "dago dazzler" (see w:Dago dazzler)