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[ding-guh l] /ˈdɪŋ gəl/
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 Unabridged
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  • Anon I heard a boisterous shout, which seemed to proceed from the entrance of the dingle.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Passing on, I proceeded to the spring, where I filled the kettle, and then returned to the dingle.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • On arriving at the extremity of the plain, I looked towards the dingle.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • Now, you had better go down to the brook in the dingle and have a drink.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • And now in the broad daylight I was half afraid to examine the dingle.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • It is at the southern entrance of the open bay of dingle towards the sea.

    The Atlantic Telegraph William Howard Russell
  • This dingle Peninsula is explored by very few, unexplored by me, alas!

    Munster Stephen Lucius Gwynn
  • Every soul stood amazed, and nobody spoke but dingle himself.

  • She comes of a good family, Mrs. dingle, and if you won't be a mother to her, I will!

British Dictionary definitions for dingle


a small wooded dell
Word Origin
C13: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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