- a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent.
Origin of dago
- Danish name of Hiiumaa.
Examples from the Web for dago
Let the Dago come on board, too; the gentleman here says he's a good sort.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The fellow was a Dago of immense strength and of no sense whatever.Victory
"If you weren't Irish, you'd just naturally be Dago," he said with a laugh.The Lure of the Mask
It was this the British sailor expressed in his answer to the question "What is a Dago?"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
We talked in Dago, but I'll give the English of it, so's not to appear to be showing off.IT and Other Stories
- derogatory a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese
Word Origin and History for dago
1823, from Spanish Diego "James." Originally used of Spanish or Portuguese sailors on English or American ships; by 1900 it had broadened to include non-sailors and shifted to mean chiefly "Italian." James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain, and Diego as generic for "a Spaniard" is attested from 1610s.