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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. 2018.
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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.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • 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
  • Miss dingus looked at the small, sandy haired girl with astonishment.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

    Emma Speed Sampson
  • 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
  • This other dingus was undoubtedly a typewriter—and this small gadget on the desk a stapler.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
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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