Definition of jingo in English:

jingo

Syllabification: jin·go
Pronunciation: /ˈjiNGgō
 
/

noun (plural jingoes)

dated , chiefly derogatory
A vociferous supporter of policy favoring war, especially in the name of patriotism.
More example sentences
  • Certainly, the leadership of the violent jingo crowds was middle-class.
  • I'm sure the illustration below went down like a Steve Bell cartoon with the jingoes.
  • The Olympic Games is a festival of nationalism, a gourmandising 17-day feast of jingo.

Origin

late 17th century (originally a conjuror's word): by jingo (and the noun sense) come from a popular song adopted by those supporting the sending of a British fleet into Turkish waters to resist Russia in 1878. The chorus ran: “We don't want to fight, yet by Jingo! if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, and got the money too.”.

Phrases

by jingo!

An exclamation of surprise.
More example sentences
  • By jingoes I'm looking forward to seeing the footage of what Deep Impact's up to on Monday.
  • By jingo, there are some good stoushes between media and governments at the moment.
  • By jingo, I thought, I might actually be good at this.

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