Definition of dingo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪŋgəʊ

noun (plural dingoes or dingos)

  • 1A wild or half-domesticated dog with a sandy-coloured coat, found in Australia.
    • Canis dingo, family Canidae
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    • Because they prey on calves and sheep, dingoes and wild dogs are viewed as a threat to livestock.
    • The dingo, a wild dog, is thought to have contributed to the tiger's demise on mainland Australia and in Papua New Guinea.
    • Australia has long battled its native wild dog the dingo, but now domestic hunting dogs have bred with dingoes to produce a larger, aggressive feral dog.
  • 2Australian informal A cowardly or treacherous person.


late 18th century: from Dharuk din-gu 'domesticated dingo'; sense 2 dates from the mid 19th century and alludes to the treachery popularly associated with the dingo.

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