jingo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jingo an extreme bellicose nationalist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jingo A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive, domineering policy in foreign affairs; a bellicose superpatriot or chavinist.
    • Jingo A word used as a jocular oath. "By the living jingo ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jingo A name used in the oath “by jingo,” sometimes extended to “by the living jingo”: as, I won't do it, by jingo.
    • n jingo [capitalized] A member of a section of the Conservative or Tory party in Great Britain which advocated a spirited foreign policy. Especially used during the Beaconsfield (Disraeli) administration of 1874-80, in reference to the Russo-Turkish war, etc The name alludes to a song at that time popular, expressing the Jingo spirit:
    • jingo Belonging or relating to the Jingoes: as, the Jingo policy; Jingo bluster. See I., 2.
    • jingo To force to a certain course of action by the influence of the Jingo spirit, that is, an aggressive bellicose patriotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jingo jing′gō a name used in the expletives, 'By Jingo!' 'By the living Jingo!' From its occurrence in a music-hall song of 1878 that conveyed a threat against Russia, Jingo has come to mean a British Chauvinist
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Said to be a corruption of St. Gingoulph,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Often fearlessly derived from Basque Jinkoa, Jainko, God; no doubt conn. somehow with St Gengulphus (died May 11, 760).

Usage

In literature:

By jingo, you made me jump!
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
I had ten years once in Australia, and I was in the penal class most of the time, and, by jingo!
"Six Years in the Prisons of England" by A Merchant - Anonymous
And I did try, by Jingo!
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
I kept thinking, 'By jingo, I'm a married man!
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
No English Government, however jingo-militarist, could have obtained the sanction of Parliament to take part in such a war.
"Right Above Race" by Otto Hermann Kahn
By Jingo, I thought as much.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Roosevelt, on the other hand, is beating the patriotic drum, in order to win over the Jingo elements.
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
Big one's a rip-snortin' beauty; pert, by jingo!
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Well by jingo, old Pat Travis would ride again, he could feel it in his bones.
"Conquest Over Time" by Michael Shaara
He could not get used to the startling fact that all this had been going on 'under his very nose, by Jingo!
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
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In poetry:

The Boss, by jingo, he is a bird,
There's magic in his name,
Not by our suffrage; but his word
We win or lose the game.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
F was a fussy Flamingo,
Who remarked to his family, "By jingo!
I think I would go
To that animal show,
But they all talk such barbarous lingo."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
Then they took him doon frae the tap o' the brig—
His fingers aye keepit the string—
An' they claspit their han's, an' roun' they gaed,
Like weans at a jingo-ring.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
I'm tired of defining hadn't oughts.
To opposition mulish,
The thoughts of youth are long long thoughts,
And Jingo! Aren't they foolish!
All which is why, in case you've wondered
I'd like a companion aged one hundred.
"You Can Be A Republican, I'm A Genocrat" by Ogden Nash
Lightly leapt the young Athletes from his seat beside the Cam:
'This is tempting me, by Jingo, to submit to an Exam!
So it's time, my learned Lady, you and I should say good-bye'--
And he stood with indignation and wild terror in his eye.
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling
Let the Jingo in his blindness cant and cackle as he will;
But across the path from Asia run the Russian trenches still!
And the sahib in his rickshaw may loll back and smoke at ease,
While the haggard, ragged heroes man the battered batteries.
"The Vanguard [1]" by Henry Lawson

In news:

CASS LAKE — On AUG 25, members of the Ruffed Grouse Society donated equipment and effort to clear and mow the Jingo Lake Hunter Walking Trail north of Talmoon.
"Oh my god, her outfit was soooo jingo jango.".
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