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noun, plural din·goes.
  1. a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat.
  2. Australian. a cowardly or treacherous person.
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Origin of dingo

First recorded in 1789, dingo is from the Dharuk word din-gu tame dingo
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noun plural -goes
  1. a wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a yellowish-brown coat and resembling a wolf
  2. Australian slang a cheat or coward
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verb -goes, -going or -goed (intr) Australian slang
    1. to act in a cowardly manner
    2. to drop out of something
  1. (foll by on) to let (someone) down
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Word Origin

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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