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dinge

[dinj] /dɪndʒ/
noun
1.
the condition of being dingy.
2.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
Origin of dinge
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; back formation from dingy
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British Dictionary definitions for dinges

dinges

/ˈdɪŋəs/
noun
1.
(South African, informal) a jocular word for something whose name is unknown or forgotten; thingumabob
Word Origin
from Afrikaans, from ding thing

dinge1

/dɪndʒ/
noun
1.
dinginess
Word Origin
C19: back formation from dingy

dinge2

/dɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a Black person
adjective
2.
of or relating to Black people

dinge3

/dɪndʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make a dent in (something)
noun
2.
a dent
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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