Definitions

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

  • n. A wild dog (Canis dingo) of Australia, having a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Canis lupus dingo, a wild dog native to Australia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wild dog found in Australia, but supposed to have introduced at a very early period. It has a wolflike face, bushy tail, and a reddish brown color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Australian dog, Canis dingo, of wolf-like appearance and extremely fierce.

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

  • n. wolflike yellowish-brown wild dog of Australia

Etymologies

Dharuk diŋgu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dharug dingu ("tame dingo"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Description: The dingo is a declared pest in most states of Australia, and livestock farmers are obliged to cull them.

    Biodiversity 100: actions for Australia

  • Oddly enough, the word dingo seems to have meant ` tame dog 'in the contributing language, and another word, warrigal, referred to the wild dog.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • Dogs on the whole are favorably regarded; the associations developed around the word dingo are uniformly pejorative.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • Early settlers sometimes talked of native dogs or wild dogs, but the name dingo was established from early settlement.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • For of all animals in Australia the dingo is the most intolerable nuisance on account of its fondness for mutton.

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • The ancestors of the Aborigines were lucky enough to find their way south, where there is more vegetation, and the dingo is a skillful hunter, able to look after itself.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain on Aug. 17, 1980, from a campsite near Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known but it Aboriginal name Uluru, divided Australians between those who believed a native dog known as a dingo killed her and those who believed she was murdered by her mother, Lindy Chamberlain.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • The disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain in 1980 divided Australians between those who believed a native dog known as a dingo killed her and those who believed she was murdered by her mother.

    The Seattle Times

  • The disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain on Aug. 17, 1980, from a campsite near Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known by its Aboriginal name Uluru, divided Australians between those who believed a native dog known as a dingo killed her and those who believed she was murdered by her mother, Lindy Chamberlain.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • My Aussie dictionary defines myall as 'aborigine living in a traditional manner' and adds "also warrigal," the latter apparently meaning both 'dingo' and 'myall.'

    languagehat.com: ABORIGINES.

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  • Hasselhoff is the current Dingo poster boy!

    April 16, 2009

  • What? David Hasselhoff is Australian?

    Well, bootstrap my bunyips! Who knew?

    April 9, 2009

  • Dingo was recently presented by a GQ staff writer as the male equivalent of a "cougar."

    April 9, 2009

  • I can't think dingo without muttering scraps of The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo.

    December 4, 2008

  • :) *sigh* Hope I don't die before I get back there...

    December 3, 2008

  • Made me smile too.

    December 3, 2008

  • Haha!

    December 3, 2008

  • Dingo is very Australian.

    Thommo: Jegoda footy Saddy?
    Jacko: Nar, dingo.

    December 3, 2008

  • as in "A dingo ate my baby!!"

    October 20, 2008