- wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal; eager; zealous: a gung-ho military outfit.
- in a successful manner: The business is going gung-ho.
Origin of gung-ho
- extremely enthusiastic and enterprising, sometimes to excess
- extremely keen to participate in military combat
Word Origin and History for gung ho
also gung-ho, gungho, 1942, slang motto of Carlson's Raiders (2nd Marine Raider Battalion, under Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, 1896-1947), U.S. guerrilla unit operating in the Pacific in World War II, from Chinese kung ho "work together, cooperate." Widely adopted in American English c.1959.
Borrowing an idea from China, Carlson frequently has what he calls 'kung-hou' meetings .... Problems are threshed out and orders explained. ["New York Times Magazine," Nov. 8, 1942]
Extremely enthusiastic or zealous: “He was gung-ho about going on a vacation to the beach.”
Idioms and Phrases with gung ho
Also, gung-ho. Extremely enthusiastic or dedicated, as in She was gung ho about her new job. This expression was introduced in 1942 as a training slogan for a U.S. Marine battalion, derived from what an American officer thought were Mandarin Chinese words for “work together.” It was actually an abbreviation for the name of Chinese industrial cooperatives.