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[ding-goh] /ˈdɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural dingoes.
a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat.
Australian. a cowardly or treacherous person.
Origin of dingo
First recorded in 1789, dingo is from the Dharuk word din-gu tame dingo Unabridged
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  • So, then he of the tight coat and cocked-hat was a king—King “dingo Bingo!”

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • In that garden I also saw the wild Australian dog—the dingo.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Fortunately water was close to hand, that is to say three miles away, in a creek since named “dingo Creek.”

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • You only shot once at the dingo—there are two chambers empty in this revolver.

    Queensland Cousins Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
  • Probably enough, the cruiser may have picked up a pilot, who knew all about King dingo Bingo and his slave-factory.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for dingo


noun (pl) -goes
a wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a yellowish-brown coat and resembling a wolf
(Austral, slang) a cheat or coward
verb (intransitive) (Austral, slang) -goes, -going, -goed
  1. to act in a cowardly manner
  2. to drop out of something
(foll by on) to let (someone) down
Word Origin
C18: native Australian name
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dingo

1789, Native Australian name, from Dharruk (language formerly spoken in the area of Sydney) /din-go/ "tame dog," though the English used it to describe wild Australian dogs. Bushmen continue to call the animal by the Dharruk term /warrigal/ "wild dog."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dingo



A hobo; tramp: One dingo got a dollar

[1920s+ Hoboes; related to the hobo sense of ding and probably ultimately to the 17th-century British slang ding-boy, ''rogue, sharper'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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