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dago

[dey-goh] /ˈdeɪ goʊ/
noun, plural dagos, dagoes. (often initial capital letter) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25, Americanism; alteration of Diego < Spanish: a given name

Dagö

[dahg-œ] /ˈdɑgˌœ/
noun
1.
Danish name of Hiiumaa.
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British Dictionary definitions for dago

dago

/ˈdeɪɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos, -goes
1.
(derogatory) a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese
Word Origin
C19: alteration of Diego, a common Spanish name
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Word Origin and History for dago
n.

1823, from Spanish Diego "James." Originally used of Spanish or Portuguese sailors on English or American ships; by 1900 it had broadened to include non-sailors and shifted to mean chiefly "Italian." James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain, and Diego as generic for "a Spaniard" is attested from 1610s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dago

dago

adjective

Italian

noun
  1. An Italian or person of Italian descent; First used chiefly of Hispanics; noted as ''chiefly Italians'' by 1900: Hey, Fiorello, you're a dago
  2. The Italian language
  3. A person of Hispanic birth or descent

[1823+; fr Diego, ''James'' used in the 17th century to mean ''Spaniard'']


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