Definition of jingo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪŋgəʊ

noun (plural jingoes)

dated , chiefly • derogatory
  • A vociferous supporter of policy favouring war, especially in the name of patriotism: [as modifier]: the feverish excitement of the jingo crowds
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    • 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.


by jingo!

An exclamation of surprise.
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  • 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.


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’.

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