- 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
Examples from the Web for jingo
There's the coach, by Jingo, three bays and a grey—no chance of the box—is this a hat?Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
By jingo, I think he might say ‘splice the main brace’ now, after all this jollification!
By jingo, I never saw such a pack of young gamecocks in my life.
They are not suspicious of our intentions in spite of what jingo papers say.Flash-lights from the Seven Seas
William L. Stidger
Jingo first appears in conjurors' jargon of the 17th century.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- a loud and bellicose patriot; chauvinist
- by jingo an exclamation of surprise
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].