dago

[ dey-goh ]
/ ˈdeɪ goʊ /

noun, plural da·gos, da·goes. (often initial capital letter) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent.

Origin of dago

1715–25, Americanism; alteration of Diego < Spanish: a given name
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British Dictionary definitions for dagoes

dago

/ (ˈdeɪɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos or -goes

derogatory a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese

Word Origin for dago

C19: alteration of Diego, a common Spanish name
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Word Origin and History for dagoes

dago


n.

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.

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