Definition of gung-ho in English:


Syllabification: gung-ho
Pronunciation: /ˌɡəNGˈhō


Unthinkingly enthusiastic and eager, especially about taking part in fighting or warfare: the gung-ho soldier who wants all the big military toys
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  • My favourite piece was a tableau vivant of gung-ho garden gnomes fighting a bloody skirmish, armed to the teeth with power tools.
  • How enthusiastic or gung-ho was he on the decision that the team was coming over here exclusively?
  • They are part mercenary and moral crusader, half gung-ho crazies and concerned artists.


World War II: from Chinese gōnghé, taken to mean 'work together' and adopted as a slogan by US Marines.

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