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  1. the condition of being dingy.
  2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
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Origin of dinge

First recorded in 1840–50; back formation from dingy
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Examples from the Web for dinge

Historical Examples

  • Say, Berk, you don't want to be seen walking with that 'dinge.'

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

    Alexander Berkman

  • The writer drank tea from it recently, and also laughed at the dinge.

  • John Henry Menton took off his hat, bulged out the dinge and smoothed the nap with care on his coatsleeve.


    James Joyce

  • Doch es freut mich, Dinge poetisch durchzusetzen, an deren poetischer Darstellbarkeit wohl die meisten Menschen verzweifeln.

  • He went to dinner glum and silent, and his mood threw a dinge even over the children.

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for dinge


  1. dinginess
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Word Origin

C19: back formation from dingy


  1. a Black person
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  1. of or relating to Black people
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verb (tr)
  1. to make a dent in (something)
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  1. a dent
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Word Origin

of unknown origin
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