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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɒŋɡəʊ/

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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
2 informal , chiefly Australian /NZ A stupid or incompetent person: I gave that drongo fifty dollars and he only gave me change for ten!


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.

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