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also 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]


(ˈdeɪ goʊ)

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.
(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dago - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
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


n (pej)Südländer(in) m(f), → Kanake m (pej sl), verächtliche Bezeichnung für Spanier, Portugiesen oder Südamerikaner


[ˈdeɪgəʊ] n (offensive) → marocchino (offensive)
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He frequently declared that England was the finest country in the world, sir, and he felt a lively superiority over Americans, Colonials, Dagos, Dutchmen, and Kanakas.
Why," he said, referring to a man with whom he had had a misunderstanding, "dat mug scrapped like a damn dago.
Castro led Saudi Oger with 18 points , Libril added 17 , Jayson 15 while Dagos and Barera combined for 12 points.
Ronilo Dagos, chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Quezon chapter, condemned the kidnapping.
13) As quoted by the Supreme Court, the Dallas County District Attorney's manual contained the following instructions to its prosecutorial staff: "'Do not take Jews, Negroes, Dagos, Mexicans, or a member of any minority race on a jury no matter how rich or how well-educated.
Hollywood Italians; dagos, palookas, romeos, wise guys, and Sopranos.
On the one hand, writers seem to welcome this infusion of new talent, but at the same time, by depicting those players as wops and dagos, if not as ominous "invaders" of the big-league scene, they implicitly identify them as outsiders, thereby raising questions about their identity as true Americans.
Transcribo algunos de esos insultos: kikes, yids, micks, frogs, limeys, krauts que se aplicarian a judios, irlandeses, franceses, ingleses y alemanes, asi como los multiples aplicados a los italianos: wops, dagos, eyetalians.
Such bias has a long history: From 1963 to 1976, one Texas prosecutor's office instructed its lawyers to exclude all people of color from service on juries by distributing a memo containing the following language: "Do not take Jews, Negroes, Dagos, Mexicans or a member of any minority race on a jury, no matter how rich or how well educated.
Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos.