dinge

[ dinj ]
/ dɪndʒ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ding-a-ling,
  2. ding-dong,
  3. dingaan,
  4. dingbat,
  5. dingbats,
  6. dinger,
  7. dinges,
  8. dinghy,
  9. dingle,
  10. dingleberry

Origin of dinge

First recorded in 1840–50; back formation from dingy

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British Dictionary definitions for dinges

dinges

/ (ˈdɪŋəs) /

noun

Southern African informal a jocular word for something whose name is unknown or forgotten; thingumabob

Word Origin for dinges

from Afrikaans, from ding thing

dinge

1
/ (dɪndʒ) /

noun

dinginess

Word Origin for dinge

C19: back formation from dingy

dinge

2
/ (dɪndʒ) US derogatory, slang /

noun

a Black person

adjective

of or relating to Black people

dinge

3
/ (dɪndʒ) dialect /

verb (tr)

to make a dent in (something)

noun

a dent

Word Origin for dinge

of unknown origin

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