Jingo Definition

jĭnggō
jingoes
noun
jingoes
A person who boasts of his or her patriotism and favors an aggressive, threatening, warlike foreign policy; chauvinist.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
patrioteerhundred-percenterflag-waverjingoistchauvinist
adjective
Of or relating to a chauvinistic patriot.
American Heritage
Of jingoes; jingoistic.
Webster's New World
interjection
Used for emphasis or to express surprise.
By jingo, I'm leaving here in spite of the blizzard.
American Heritage
idiom
by jingo!
  • an exclamation used to indicate strong assertion, surprise, etc.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Jingo

Noun

Singular:
jingo
Plural:
jingoes

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Origin of Jingo

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the phrase by jingo used in the refrain of a bellicose 19th-century English music-hall song from alteration of Jesus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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