- a deep, narrow cleft between hills; shady dell.
Origin of dingle
1200–50; Middle English: a deep dell, hollow; akin to Old English dung dungeon, Old High German tunc cellar
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Examples from the Web for dingle
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Anon I heard a boisterous shout, which seemed to proceed from the entrance of the dingle.Lavengro
On arriving at the extremity of the plain, I looked towards the dingle.
Passing on, I proceeded to the spring, where I filled the kettle, and then returned to the dingle.
Now, you had better go down to the brook in the dingle and have a drink.Beautiful Joe
And now in the broad daylight I was half afraid to examine the dingle.Dariel
R. D. Blackmore
- a small wooded dell
C13: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dingle
"deep dell or hollow, usually wooded," mid-13c., of unknown origin; a dialectal word until it entered literary use 17c.
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