noun, plural dron·gos.

any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, forked tails.

Nearby words

  1. dromos,
  2. dromotropic,
  3. dronabinol,
  4. drone,
  5. drone aircraft,
  6. dronklap,
  7. dronkverdriet,
  8. droob,
  9. droog,
  10. drook

Origin of drongo

Borrowed into English from Malagasy around 1835–45



noun, plural dron·gos. Australian Slang.

a stupid or slow-witted person; simpleton.

Origin of drongo

1920–25; probably to be identified with drongo1, as a name for the Australian bird Dicrurus bracteata; though often popularly alleged to have originated from the name of an unsuccessful racehorse of the 1920s

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noun plural -gos

Also called: drongo shrike any insectivorous songbird of the family Dicruridae, of the Old World tropics, having a glossy black plumage, a forked tail, and a stout bill
Australian and NZ slang a slow-witted person
Australian informal a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force

Word Origin for drongo

C19: from Malagasy

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