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dingo

[ ding-goh ]
/ ˈdɪŋ goʊ /
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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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for dingo

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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