noun, plural jin·goes.
Origin of jingo
Examples from the Web for jingo
The bully of the music-hall shouting "Jingo" had his special audience.The Whirlpool|George Gissing
He said he was having difficulty because of the jingo agitation in Congress and the storming for war of the American press.Under Four Administrations|Oscar S. Straus
At last the Empress Jingo and her army saw the distant mountains of Korea loom out on the horizon.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
By jingo, I wasn't frightened; but they should warn people when they have an Olympus in their garden.The Barber of Paris|Charles Paul de Kock
When Jingo was brought down, The Duke was master of himself and told his tale with careful self-control.The Sky Pilot|Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for jingo
noun plural -goes
Word Origin for jingo
Word Origin and History for jingo
"mindless, gung-ho patriot," 1878, picked up from the refrain of a music hall song written by G.W. Hunt, and sung by "Gilbert H. MacDermott" (1845-1901), supporting aggressive British policy toward Russia at a time of international tension. ("We don't want to fight, But by Jingo! if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, We've got the money too.")
Hunt's patriotic song of 1878, with a swinging tune ... became at Macdermott's instigation the watchword of the popular supporters of England's bellicose policy. The "Daily News" on 11 March 1878 first dubbed the latter 'Jingoes' in derision .... ["Dictionary of National Biography," London, 1912]
As an asseveration, it was in colloquial use since 1690s, and is apparently yet another euphemism for Jesus, influenced by conjurer's gibberish presto-jingo (1660s). The frequent suggestion that it somehow derives from Basque Jinko "god" is "not impossible," but "as yet unsupported by evidence" [OED].