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jingo

[ jing-goh ]
/ ˈdʒɪŋ goʊ /
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noun, plural jin·goes.
a person who professes his or her patriotism loudly and excessively, favoring vigilant preparedness for war and an aggressive foreign policy; bellicose chauvinist.
English History. a Conservative supporter of Disraeli's policy in the Near East during the period 1877–78.
adjective
of jingoes.
characterized by jingoism.
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Idioms about jingo

    by jingo!Informal. (an exclamation used to emphasize the truth or importance of a foregoing statement, or to express astonishment, approval, etc.): I know you can do it, by jingo!

Origin of jingo

1660–70; originally conjurer's call hey jingo appear! come forth! (opposed to hey presto hasten away!), taken into general use in the phrase by Jingo, euphemism for by God; chauvinistic sense from by Jingo in political song supporting use of British forces against Russia in 1878
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British Dictionary definitions for jingo

jingo
/ (ˈdʒɪŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -goes
a loud and bellicose patriot; chauvinist
jingoism
by jingo an exclamation of surprise

Derived forms of jingo

jingoish, adjective

Word Origin for jingo

C17: originally perhaps a euphemism for Jesus; applied to bellicose patriots after the use of by Jingo! in the refrain of a 19th-century music-hall song
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