One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural jingoesdated, derogatory
A vociferous supporter of policy favoring war, especially in the name of patriotism.
racist, racialist, ethnocentric, ethnocentristView synonyms
- ‘Certainly, the leadership of the violent jingo crowds was middle-class.’
- ‘The Olympic Games is a festival of nationalism, a gourmandising 17-day feast of jingo.’
- ‘A jingo is a jingo wherever we meet him, and as far as we are concerned there is no close season for jingoes.’
- ‘I'm sure the illustration below went down like a Steve Bell cartoon with the jingoes.’
- ‘Over and over, the new American jingoes depict the U.S. as somehow a victim in the international economy.’
dated An exclamation of surprise.
- ‘It may not be sexy but, by jingo, there is an air about it that I believe every hard-working, middle-of-the-road New Zealander would agree with.’
- ‘By jingo, I thought, I might actually be good at this.’
- ‘By jingo, there are some good stoushes between media and governments at the moment.’
- ‘Regular folks may not be seeing Westerns much any more, but, by jingo, scholarly folks sure do love to write about 'em.’
- ‘We don't want to fight, but by jingo, if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money, too.’
- ‘By jingoes I'm looking forward to seeing the footage of what Deep Impact's up to on Monday.’
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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