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[ding-uh s] /ˈdɪŋ əs/
noun, plural dinguses. Informal.
a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten.
Origin of dingus
1870-75; < Dutch dinges or its source, German Dinges, probably orig. genitive, with partitive value, of Ding thing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ive had the dingus apart, and if anybody knows about its insides I do.

  • The French telephone resembles a dingus for curling the hair.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • The whistles high frequency waves also awakened Cerberus, the three-headed watch dog, besides actuating The dingus.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • I wouldn't be puttin' that dingus on my head for all the colleens in Ireland.

    Off Course Mack Reynolds (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • This other dingus was undoubtedly a typewriter—and this small gadget on the desk a stapler.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
  • Miss dingus looked at the small, sandy haired girl with astonishment.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • To the only woman on earth who sings base enough, they sends this dingus and the organ-grinder.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • And they think you were eccentric in furnishing this room—they think the broad couch and that Japanese dingus are absurd.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
Word Origin and History for dingus

"any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name," 1876, U.S. slang, from Dutch dinges, literally "thing" (see thing).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dingus



  1. Any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; gadget, gizmo: What's that dingus in the corner? (1876+)
  2. The penis (1940s+)

[fr Dutch dinges, of the same meaning, essentially ''thing'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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