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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Examples from the Web for dagoes

Historical Examples of dagoes

  • It's close in along with them Dagoes, an' the fresh air will fresh Mrs. Cheyne up.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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.

  • The gang of Dagoes got aboard, too, the general and me in the front car.

  • What had he, a British subject, to do with those Dagoes who spoil the profession?

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

British Dictionary definitions for dagoes


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



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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