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dingus

[ding-uh s]
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noun, plural ding·us·es. Informal.
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for dingus

Historical Examples

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

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • I wouldn't be puttin' that dingus on my head for all the colleens in Ireland.

    Off Course

    Mack Reynolds (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)

  • Ive had the dingus apart, and if anybody knows about its insides I do.

  • The whistles high frequency waves also awakened Cerberus, the three-headed watch dog, besides actuating The Dingus.

  • 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


Word Origin and History for dingus

n.

"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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