noun (plural jingoes)dated , chiefly derogatory
- 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.
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.”.
- 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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