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[jing-goh] /ˈdʒɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural jingoes.
a person who professes his or her patriotism loudly and excessively, favoring vigilant preparedness for war and an aggressive foreign policy; bellicose chauvinist.
English History. a Conservative supporter of Disraeli's policy in the Near East during the period 1877–78.
of jingoes.
characterized by jingoism.
by jingo!, Informal. (an exclamation used to emphasize the truth or importance of a foregoing statement, or to express astonishment, approval, etc.):
I know you can do it, by jingo!
Origin of jingo
1660-70; orig. conjurer's call hey jingo appear! come forth! (opposed to hey presto hasten away!), taken into general use in the phrase by Jingo, euphemism for by God; chauvinistic sense from by Jingo in political song supporting use of British forces against Russia in 1878 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jingo
Historical Examples
  • At last the Empress jingo and her army saw the distant mountains of Korea loom out on the horizon.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • By jingo, I think he might say ‘splice the main brace’ now, after all this jollification!

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Yes, by jingo, I had, and very welcome the poor old fellow was to it.

  • You may baulk all the bailiffs, and defy any other man to serve you with a writ; but, by jingo!

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • Oh, by jingo, no: it's quite enough to peg away at it when you are with us, without going at it while you are away.

    Bijou Gyp
  • The bully of the music-hall shouting "jingo" had his special audience.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • These are the romantic ravings of a jingo civilian, Balsquith.

    Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw
  • By jingo, corporal, you certainly have done yourself and all of us proud!

  • I have never called myself a jingo, but for once it would have done me good to see the lion's tail twisted.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • It must be open,” he said to himself, and then, as he looked closer: “By jingo!

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for jingo


noun (pl) -goes
a loud and bellicose patriot; chauvinist
by jingo, an exclamation of surprise
Derived Forms
jingoish, adjective
Word Origin
C17: originally perhaps a euphemism for Jesus; applied to bellicose patriots after the use of by Jingo! in the refrain of a 19th-century music-hall song
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Word Origin and History for jingo

"mindless, gung-ho patriot," 1878, picked up from the refrain of a music hall song written by G.W. Hunt, and sung by "Gilbert H. MacDermott" (1845-1901), supporting aggressive British policy toward Russia at a time of international tension. ("We don't want to fight, But by Jingo! if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, We've got the money too.")

Hunt's patriotic song of 1878, with a swinging tune ... became at Macdermott's instigation the watchword of the popular supporters of England's bellicose policy. The "Daily News" on 11 March 1878 first dubbed the latter 'Jingoes' in derision .... ["Dictionary of National Biography," London, 1912]
As an asseveration, it was in colloquial use since 1690s, and is apparently yet another euphemism for Jesus, influenced by conjurer's gibberish presto-jingo (1660s). The frequent suggestion that it somehow derives from Basque Jinko "god" is "not impossible," but "as yet unsupported by evidence" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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