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dingo Line breaks: dingo
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪŋɡəʊ/

Definition of dingo in English:

noun (plural dingoes or dingos)

1A wild or half-domesticated dog with a sandy-coloured coat, found in Australia.
  • Canis dingo, family Canidae
Example sentences
  • 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.


dingo's breakfast

Australian informal No breakfast at all: after a dingo’s breakfast he set off back to Adelaide
More example sentences
  • Men turned up at dawn to get a place in the labour queue, their stomachs rumbling or cramping with hunger after a dingo's breakfast.
  • He can't even cook. Well, he can handle a dingo's breakfast.
  • We resorted to a dingo's breakfast, before continuing on our passage north.


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.

Words that rhyme with dingo

bingo, Domingo, flamingo, gringo, jingo, lingo

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