jingo

[ jing-goh ]
/ ˈdʒɪŋ goʊ /

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.

Idioms

    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; orig. 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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jingo

/ (ˈdʒɪŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -goes

a loud and bellicose patriot; chauvinist
jingoism
by jingo an exclamation of surprise
Derived Formsjingoish, 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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