Origin of dengue
British Dictionary definitions for dengue-fever
Word Origin for dengue
Word Origin and History for dengue-fever
1828, from West Indian Spanish dengue, from an African source, perhaps Swahili dinga "seizure, cramp," form influenced by Spanish dengue "prudery" (perhaps because sufferers walk stiffly and erect due to painful joints). The disease is African, introduced to the West Indies 1827.