Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who vociferously supports one's country, especially one who supports a belligerent foreign policy; a chauvinistic patriot.
  • adj. Of or relating to a chauvinistic patriot.
  • adj. Characterized by chauvinistic patriotism.
  • interj. Used for emphasis or to express surprise: By jingo, I'm leaving here in spite of the blizzard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who supports policy favouring war.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word used as a jocular oath.
  • n. A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive, domineering policy in foreign affairs; a bellicose superpatriot or chavinist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name used in the oath “by jingo,” sometimes extended to “by the living jingo”: as, I won't do it, by jingo.
  • n. [capitalized] A member of a section of the Conservative or Tory party in Great Britain which advocated a spirited foreign policy.
  • Belonging or relating to the Jingoes: as, the Jingo policy; Jingo bluster. See I., 2.
  • To force to a certain course of action by the influence of the Jingo spirit, that is, an aggressive bellicose patriotism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an extreme bellicose nationalist

Etymologies

From the phrase by jingo, used in the refrain of a bellicose 19th-century English music-hall song, from alteration of Jesus1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the minced oath by jingo, which was used in a popular music hall song, written ca. 1878 by G. W. Hunt, that supported Britain's then belligerent attitude towards Russia. In this context, a euphemism for Jesus, influenced by the meaningless presto-jingo used by conjurors. A connection with the Basque jainko ("god") has been suggested, but evidence is lacking. (Wiktionary)

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  • (n): one who loves and defends his country right or wrong.

    April 15, 2009