[ ding-goh ]
/ ˈdɪŋ goʊ /

noun, plural din·goes.

a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat.
Australian. a cowardly or treacherous person.


Nearby words

  1. dinger,
  2. dinges,
  3. dinghy,
  4. dingle,
  5. dingleberry,
  6. dingus,
  7. dingy,
  8. dining,
  9. dining car,
  10. dining hall

Origin of dingo

First recorded in 1789, dingo is from the Dharuk word din-gu tame dingo

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British Dictionary definitions for dingo


/ (ˈdɪŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -goes

a wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a yellowish-brown coat and resembling a wolf
Australian slang a cheat or coward

verb -goes, -going or -goed (intr) Australian slang

  1. to act in a cowardly manner
  2. to drop out of something
(foll by on) to let (someone) down

Word Origin for dingo

C18: native Australian name

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Word Origin and History 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."

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