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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)
References in classic literature ?
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.
The American organizer Jim Seymour, parroting a nativist voice and speaking to the racism that animated their incarceration, wrote in his poem Sacco and Vanzetti: "But they're nothin' but God damn dagos / Now me: I'm an American .
Castro led Saudi Oger with 18 points , Libril added 17 , Jayson 15 while Dagos and Barera combined for 12 points.
We will not be cowed [by what happened to Glefonea]," said Ronilo Dagos, chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in Quezon.
For an outlining of the formal parallels apparent between The Godfather and The Godfather, Part 11, as well as across the Godfather trilogy as a whole, see Peter Bondanella, Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos (New York: Continuum, 2006), 235-71.
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.
It will never work with all those Huns, wops and dagos.
Hollywood Italians; dagos, palookas, romeos, wise guys, and Sopranos.