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da·goalso Da·go (dā′gō)
n. pl. da·gos or da·goes Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese descent.
[Alteration of Spanish Diego, a common male given name (taken in late medieval times to be a shortening and alteration of Sant Iago, Saint James), from Old Spanish, alteration of earlier Diago, from earlier Didago, probably of pre-Roman Iberian origin and perhaps from or akin to Celtiberian Titiakos, of or belonging to the Titii, a Celtiberian tribe of the middle Ebro valIey.]
n, pl -gos or -goes
derogatory a member of a Latin race, esp a Spaniard or Portuguese
[C19: alteration of Diego, a common Spanish name]
n., pl. -gos, -goes.
usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.—n.
(a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent.)(often cap.) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
[1715–25, Amer.; alter. of Diego < Sp: a given name]
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|Noun||1.||dago - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent|
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
Italian - a native or inhabitant of Italy