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Dago \Da"go\ (d[=a]"g[-o]), n.; pl. Dagos (-g[=o]z). [Cf. Sp. Diego, E. James.] A nickname given to a person of Spanish (or, by extension, Portuguese or Italian) descent. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1823, from Spanish Diego "James." Originally used of Spanish or Portuguese sailors on English or American ships; by 1900 it had broadened to include non-sailors and shifted to mean chiefly "Italian." James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain, and Diego as generic for "a Spaniard" is attested from 1610s.


n. 1 (context UK slang offensive ethnic slur English) A person of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, or other Mediterranean descent. 2 (context US Australia slang offensive ethnic slur English) A person of Italian descent.

  1. n. offensive terms for a person of Italian descent [syn: wop, Guinea, greaseball]

  2. [also: dagoes (pl)]


Dagö is a folk rock band from Tallinn, Estonia.

Dagö was formed in 1998 by Lauri Saatpalu, Peeter Rebane and Tiit Kikas. Dagö is the old name of Hiiumaa, an Estonian island. The band's first album, Dagö, was released in 2000, and received the Folk/Ethno Album Of The Year award in Estonia. Toomas Rull ( drums) and Raul Vaigla ( bass) joined the band soon after. In 2001, Dagö won first prize in the Midsummer Night’s Improvisational Festival in Pärnu. Tiit Kikas left the group in 2002, and producer and musician Kristo Kotkas became the “invisible member” of the band. The second album, Toiduklubi (Food Club), was released in the same year, and Taavi Kerikmäe, a keyboard player, joined the band soon after. Their third album, Hiired Tuules (Mice in the Wind), was released in 2003, and in the same year drummer Petteri Hasa also joined the band. The fourth album, Joonistatud mees (The Picture Perfect Man), was released in 2006. Also in 2006, the band were awarded the folk rock Group Of The Year award in Estonia. The fifth album, Möödakarvapai (Smoothing Caress), was released in 2008, and soon after, the band announced that they were disbanding. In autumn 2010 the band started recording again, with new members, and in March 2011 they released their sixth studio album, Plaan Delta.


Dago may refer to:

  • Dago, the alleged baptismal name of Mieszko I of Poland
  • Dago, an ethnic slur referring to Italians, Spaniards, or Portuguese
  • Dago (comics), an Paraguayan comic book character
  • Dagö, an Estonian band
  • DAGO (U.S. Army), an acronym for Department of the Army General Officer
  • Dago Red (racing aircraft)
Dago (comics)

Dago (real name Cesare Renzi) is a comics character created in 1983 by Paraguayan writer Robin Wood and Argentine artist Alberto Salinas, for the Italian magazine Lanciostory. In 1996 Salinas was replaced by Carlos Gómez to draw the monthly series. The stories have been also published in most South American countries, as well as in Spain.

DAGO (United States Army)

DAGO is an acronym which stands for Department of the Army General Officer. It is not typically used outside of the Department of the Army headquarters and staff sections, however it is sometimes seen in memorandums and other forms of correspondence to lower level echelons. It is also sometimes used to refer to General Officers that are part of the Department of the Army by personnel that are within other sections of the Department of Defense.

There are also certain orders issued by the Department of the Army that are called DAGOs or Department of the Army General Orders that pertain to base closures, unit citations, the creation of JROTC units, certain awards such as the Medal of Honor and Legion of Merit and structural changes to the Army. These are listed by year on the Army Publishing Directorate's website.

Category:General orders

Dagö (album)

Dagö is the first album by the Estonian band Dagö, released in 2000.

Usage examples of "dago".

Hollywood, Red Manley as to how he drove Betty up from Dago and dropped her off in front of the Biltmore Hotel on January tenth.

His girlfriend was seeing that dago from Jinny Hoolets and making no secret of it.

He walked up close to Pete, not even looking at me once, and said, "You chiseling dago rat.

He stood there in his hat and overcoat until I had told it all, then he said, "That chiseling dago rat," kind of half under his breath and his face began to get like it got when he was mad.

Like that chiseling dago rat said, he's plenty tough and plenty smart.

Mind you, it took them a hell of a long time to find his body, but the dagoes are bloody inefficient at everything except levying customs duties, and they can do that faster than anyone in history.

It's the nearest harbor to the mines, you see, which is why the dagoes are touchy about it.

We keep a squadron on the coast just to make sure the bloody dagoes don't shoot any of our people.

Bloody dagoes shot him in a nasty little fight when we captured one of their frigates.

For a second Sharpe was tempted to turn the boat and seize Fort Niebla before the Spaniards, realizing how hugely they outnumbered Cochrane's puny forces, made their counterattack, but Harper suddenly shouted that the dagoes on the riverbank were flying a white flag.

On 8 May 1924, Joe Howard was in Heinie Jacobs’ bistro on South Wabash Avenue, explaining to some acquaintances that all dagoes were cowards, when an overweight young Italian walked in through the door.

Usually the Dagoes can be relied upon to use their knives in a more effective manner.

Flogging and death were the punishments meted out to Englishmen who refused to obey the orders of officers who had arbitrarily assumed command over them — English sailors were not likely to fret unduly over Dagoes in the same position, even though with English lower-class lack of logic they would have been moved to protest against a formal hanging of officers.

Cut this wreckage away first, and we'll give the Dagoes their bellyful after.

Of course, the Jew can't do enough for the dagos because they scare the shit out of him.