- a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent.
Origin of dago
- Danish name of Hiiumaa.
Examples from the Web for dagos
Historical Examples of dagos
That's my little dodge, boiling water for these Dagos, if they come.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
On this day a mob had been chasing the Dagos, and had at length captured one.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
She laughed merrily; "they live where the Dagos live, in Italy, yer know, and—"Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
There are others who are entitled to as good a chance as the Dagos, and they must have it.In Search of El Dorado
Quite a few of the Dagos had knives, and Jernyngham had a sword.Prescott of Saskatchewan
- derogatory a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese
Word Origin for dago
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.