Origin of jingofrom phrase by jingo in the refrain of a patriotic British music-hall song (1878): origin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps euphemism for Jesus
- Of or relating to a chauvinistic patriot.
- Characterized by chauvinistic patriotism.
Origin of jingoFrom the phrase by jingo used in the refrain of a bellicose 19th-century English music-hall song from alteration of Jesus
From the minced oath by jingo, which was used in a music hall song, written ca. 1878 by G. W. Hunt, that supported Britain's then belligerent attitude towards Russia. In this context, a euphemism for Jesus, influenced by the meaningless presto-jingo used by conjurors. A connection with the Basque jainko (“god”) has been suggested, but evidence is lacking.