The schooner's crew were four dagoes—deserters from some ship.
So we sat, dry, upon the stools, listening to the dagoes fiddling on deck.
He was a big blue-eyed fellow, full of fun and fight, with a good natured contempt of the dagoes, and was a born leader.
The gang of dagoes got aboard, too, the general and me in the front car.
Down on the lower deck was a gang of second-class passengers, about forty of them, seemin' to be dagoes and the like.
What had he, a British subject, to do with those dagoes who spoil the profession?
Why, what do you usually do when a British subject is stripped and beaten by a lot of dirty dagoes?
It's close in along with them dagoes, an' the fresh air will fresh Mrs. Cheyne up.
Why let a floating gang of dagoes take so big a bunch of it back to sunny Italy?
"We are in a nest of the dagoes," cried young Potter, rather wildly.
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.
[1823+; fr Diego, ''James'' used in the 17th century to mean ''Spaniard'']