Definition of jingo in English:

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jingo

Pronunciation: /ˈjiNGɡō/

noun (plural jingoes)

dated, chiefly derogatory
A vociferous supporter of policy favoring war, especially in the name of patriotism.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Phrases

by jingo!

dated An exclamation of surprise.
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.

Origin

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.”.

More
  • Originally a word said by conjurors when performing a magic trick, rather like abracadabra, jingo became used more widely in the expression ‘by jingo!’ to show how much in earnest a person was. In 1878 the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81) was determined to send a fleet into Turkish waters to resist Russia. Popular support for his policy included a music-hall song with the chorus: ‘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.’ Jingoism as a word for an aggressive patriotism associated with vociferous support for a policy favouring war appeared in the language in the same year.

Words that rhyme with jingo

bingo, dingo, Domingo, flamingo, gringo, lingo

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: jin·go

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