- a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent.
Origin of dago
Examples from the Web for dagoes
It's close in along with them Dagoes, an' the fresh air will fresh Mrs. Cheyne up."Captains Courageous"
The schooner's crew were four Dagoes—deserters from some ship.The Call Of The South
So we sat, dry, upon the stools, listening to the Dagoes fiddling on deck.The Four Million
The gang of Dagoes got aboard, too, the general and me in the front car.Cabbages and Kings
What had he, a British subject, to do with those Dagoes who spoil the profession?The Bill-Toppers
- derogatory a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese
Word Origin and History for dagoes
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.