- 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
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 and History for dagos
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.