Definitions for: Jingo


[n] an extreme bellicose nationalist



Webster (1913) Definition: Jin"go, n.; pl. Jingoes. [Said to be a corruption of
St. Gingoulph.]
1. A word used as a jocular oath. ``By the living jingo.''
--Goldsmith.

2. A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive,
domineering policy in foreign affairs. [Cant, Eng.]

Note: This sense arose from a doggerel song which was popular
during the Turco-Russian war of 1877 and 1878. The
first two lines were as follows:

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.

Synonyms: chauvinist, flag-waver, hundred-percenter, jingoist

See Also: nationalist, patriot

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