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gung-ho

[ guhng-hoh ]
/ ˈgʌŋˈhoʊ /
Informal.
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adjective

wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal; eager; zealous: a gung-ho military outfit.

adverb

in a successful manner: The business is going gung-ho.

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stormy, effusive, nutty, hot, lively, heated, intense, avid, fanatical, impassioned, dedicated, earnest, rabid, ardent, passionate, fervent, spirited, keen, glowing, animated

Nearby words

gunfight, gunfighter, gunfire, gunflint, gung ho, gung-ho, gunge, gunite, gunk, gunk hole, gunky

Origin of gung-ho

introduced as a training slogan in 1942 by U.S. Marine officer Evans F. Carlson (1896–1947) < Chinese gōng hé, the abbreviated name of the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society, taken by a literal translation as “work together”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gung-ho

  • Now it's true, he makes no campaign contributions, so he's obviously not a gung-ho big-P Political Republican.

    Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism|Michael Tomasky|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • The gung-ho stimulators have leaned heavily on their faith in stable, predictable, and sizeable short-term Keynesian multipliers.

    America's Investment Crisis|Jeffrey Sachs|October 7, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • This would not be the last time he began a Web venture with gung-ho spirit and left it with a shrug.

    Why Prince Hates the Internet|Michaelangelo Matos|July 8, 2010|DAILY BEAST

Culture definitions for gung-ho

gung-ho


Extremely enthusiastic or zealous: “He was gung-ho about going on a vacation to the beach.”

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