Definitions

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  • adjective Extremely enthusiastic and dedicated.

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  • adjective informal, derogatory Very enthusiastic or energetic.

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  • adjective very enthusiastic and dedicated

Etymologies

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

[Earlier Gung Ho, motto of certain US Marine forces in Asia during World War II, from Mandarin gōnghé (short for gōngyè hézuòshè, Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society) : gōng, work (from Middle Chinese kəwŋ) + , to be joined together, combine (from Middle Chinese xɦap).]

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From a World War II catachresis of Mandarin gōnghé ( gōng, work + hé, together), itself an acronym for gōngyè hézuòshè (工業合作社, 工业合作社 Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society).

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