- a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat.
- Australian. a cowardly or treacherous person.
Origin of dingo
Related Words for dingomutt, pooch, pup, cur, wolf, chow, hound, dingo, fox, hyena, coyote, jackal, lobo
Examples from the Web for dingo
Contemporary Examples of dingo
Dingo attacks are generally the result of how a human acts toward them.
Georgina stepped in between the dingo and her baby sister just before their mother was able to scare the dingo away.
Although it is rare, dingo attacks on humans have been known to occur.
Dingo packs are highly territorial and an intruding dingo will likely be killed.
At the time, the dingo was semi-domesticated and is believed to be the common ancestor of all breeds today.
Historical Examples of dingo
So, then he of the tight coat and cocked-hat was a king—King “Dingo Bingo!”Ran Away to Sea
In that garden I also saw the wild Australian dog—the dingo.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
You only shot once at the dingo—there are two chambers empty in this revolver.Queensland Cousins
Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
Tall and strong, the boy was as alert and suspicious as a dingo.Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
They do not bark, but have the long melancholy howl of the dingo or wild dog of Australia.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
- a wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a yellowish-brown coat and resembling a wolf
- Australian slang a cheat or coward
- to act in a cowardly manner
- to drop out of something
- (foll by on) to let (someone) down
Word Origin for dingo
1789, Native Australian name, from Dharruk (language formerly spoken in the area of Sydney) /din-go/ "tame dog," though the English used it to describe wild Australian dogs. Bushmen continue to call the animal by the Dharruk term /warrigal/ "wild dog."