drongo

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  • Rhymes: -ɒŋɡəʊ

Etymology 1[edit]

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From Malagasy drongo.

Noun[edit]

drongo (plural drongos or drongoes)

  1. Any bird of the family Dicruridae.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From an Australian racehorse named Drongo, apparently after the bird (specifically, after the spangled drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus). The horse (foaled 1920, retired 1925) never won a race, and by transference anyone slow-witted or clumsy became a drongo.[1]

  • Alternatively, from putative RAAF slang drongo (a recruit), similarly after the bird.[2]
  • Another suggested derivation is the Scottish Gaelic drongair (drunkard).

Noun[edit]

drongo (plural drongos)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, derogatory) A fool, an idiot, a stupid fellow.
    • 2010, Graham Seal, Great Australian Stories: Legends, Yarns and Tall Tales, page 191,
      In another story, the drongo is working for a farmer when the boss decides it is time to build another windmill. The drongo agrees to help but asks the farmer if he thinks it really makes sense to have two windmills. ‘What do you mean?’ the farmer asked. ‘Well, says the drongo, ‘there′s barely enough wind to operate the one you already have, so I doubt there′ll be enough to work two of them.’
    • 2010, John Timpson, Upside Down Management: A Common Sense Guide to Better Business, unnumbered page,
      One drongo executive can do harm enough, but things get worse when they start recruiting people like themselves.
    • 2020, "Moments of Silence", in Taskmaster, series 10, episode 8, Channel 4, script for Sam in The Smart Steak:
      I'd rather sit in this daggy bathtub than get a hug from you, you drongo..[sic]
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  1. ^ "Drongo", entry in 1970, Bill Wannan, Australian Folklore, Lansdowne Press, reprint 1979, →ISBN, page 200.
  2. ^ "drongo", entry in 2007, Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, page 120.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French drongo, from Malagasy.

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drongo m (plural dronghi)

  1. (ornithology) drongo (any bird of the Dicruridae family), particularly the fork-tailed drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)

References[edit]

  • drongo in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French drongo, from Malagasy [Term?].

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drongo m (uncountable)

  1. drongo

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