Definition of drongo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɒŋɡəʊ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural drongos or drongoes)

1A songbird with glossy black plumage and typically a long forked tail and a crest, found in Africa, southern Asia, and Australia.
  • Family Dicruridae and genus Dicrurus: several species.
Example sentences
  • Examples include the crown and tail feathers of birds-of-paradise, drongos, Bristlethigh Curlew, etc.
  • I'd never seen anything like it, yet it behaved exactly as, and in every other respect was typical of a drongo, fork tail and all.
  • Flocks of wintering water birds include the thrush, the kingfisher, the robin, the shama, the barbet, the bee-eater, the flycatcher, the sunbird, the bulbul and the drongo.
2 informal, chiefly Australian /NZ A stupid or incompetent person: I gave that drongo fifty dollars and he only gave me change for ten!
More example sentences
  • They wanted me to go along, the same as a few other drongos might do so, and just say, ‘Let's run around and look at the kerb-side collection, ‘rather than looking at the real issue and that is what is being collected.
  • He will not be amused at being associated with such a pack of drongos and losers.
  • Justice will be done - except to us drongoes who pay taxes.


Mid 19th century: from Malagasy. sense 2 is said to be from the name of an Australian racehorse of the 1920s which consistently finished last or near last.

Words that rhyme with drongo

bongo, Congo, Kongo, pongo

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