dago

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alteration of diego (Spaniard), from Spanish Diego (common Spanish name) by law of Hobson-Jobson.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dago (plural dagoes or dagos)

  1. (UK, slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, or other Mediterranean descent.
  2. (US, Australia, slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
    Synonyms: Eyetie, goombah, greaseball, guido, guinea, wog, wop

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word has sometimes been reclaimed in recent years by its targets, with people of Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese origin themselves adopting the term. In the Upper Midwest region of the United States, the term is used for several Italian-inspired food items.
  • The term may have originated following British or American encounters with Portuguese and Spanish sailors. "Diego" is the Portuguese nickname for any deckhand. After transforming into "dago" in English and becoming a common term for Spanish and Portuguese people, the slur expanded in usage to then refer to Italians and Italian immigrants, another Mediterranean and Latin ethnic group.
  • The Hill in St. Louis, an Italian-American enclave, is often referred to colloquially as "Dago Hill."

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Afar[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dʌˈɡo/
  • Hyphenation: da‧go

Verb[edit]

dagó (inchoative daggoowé)

  1. (stative) be few

Conjugation[edit]

    Conjugation of dago (type III verb)
1st singular 2nd singular 3rd singular 1st plural 2nd plural 3rd plural
m f
present indicative I V-affirmative dagiyóh dagitóh dagóh dagóh daginóh dagitoonúh dagoonúh
N-affirmative dagiyó dagitó dagó dagó daginó dagitón dagón
negative mádagiyo mádagito mádago mádago mádagino mádagiton mádagon
present indicative II affirmative present indicative I + imperfective of én
past indicative I dáguk + perfective of én
past indicative II dáguk + perfective of sugé
present
potential
affirmative dagiyóm takkéh dagitóm takkéh dagóm takkéh dagóm takkéh daginóm takkéh dagitoonúm takkéh dagoonúm takkéh
past
conditional
affirmative dáguk + past conditional of sugé
-h converb -k converb -in(n)uh converb infinitive
dágih dáguk dagínnuh dagíyya

References[edit]

  • E. M. Parker; R. J. Hayward (1985), “dago”, in An Afar-English-French dictionary (with Grammatical Notes in English), University of London, →ISBN

Basque[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /daɡo/, [d̪a.ɣ̞o̞]

Verb[edit]

dago

  1. Third-person singular (hura) present indicative form of egon.

Northern Sami[edit]

Noun[edit]

dagọ

  1. genitive singular of dahku