[ dey-goh ]

noun,plural da·gos, da·goes.(often initial capital letter)Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. 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

Other definitions for Dagö (2 of 2)

[ dahg-œ ]

  1. Swedish name of Hiiumaa.

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How to use dago in a sentence

  • And then Norris unlashed the block from the main gaff and swung it down to the "Dagos," who had come alongside with their boat.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail | Walter Walden
  • Now they're gone—whisked away as ye'd sweep away a swarm of red ants, and here's these black Dagos in their places.

    Money Magic | Hamlin Garland
  • The crew were a mixed lot, mostly Norwegians and Dagos, whom the captain had shipped at low wages.

  • What right have those Dagos to come to this country, anyway?

  • It happened just a little bit ago, down there where they've got those Dagos a-keepin' 'em.

    Old Judge Priest | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for dago


/ (ˈdeɪɡəʊ) /

nounplural -gos or -goes
  1. derogatory a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese

Origin of dago

C19: alteration of Diego, a common Spanish name

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