follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

dingo

[ding-goh] /ˈdɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural dingoes.
1.
a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat.
2.
Australian. a cowardly or treacherous person.
Origin
1789
1789; < Dharuk din-gu tame dingo
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for din-goes

dingo

/ˈdɪŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -goes
1.
a wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a yellowish-brown coat and resembling a wolf
2.
(Austral, slang) a cheat or coward
verb (intransitive) (Austral, slang) -goes, -going, -goed
3.
  1. to act in a cowardly manner
  2. to drop out of something
4.
(foll by on) to let (someone) down
Word Origin
C18: native Australian name
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for din-goes

dingo

n.

1789, Native Australian name, from Dharruk (language formerly spoken in the area of Sydney) /din-go/ "tame dog," though the English used it to describe wild Australian dogs. Bushmen continue to call the animal by the Dharruk term /warrigal/ "wild dog."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for din-goes

dingo

noun

A hobo; tramp: One dingo got a dollar

[1920s+ Hoboes; related to the hobo sense of ding and probably ultimately to the 17th-century British slang ding-boy, ''rogue, sharper'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for din

4
5
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with din-goes

Nearby words for din-goes