[ding-guh l]


a deep, narrow cleft between hills; shady dell.

Origin of dingle

1200–50; Middle English: a deep dell, hollow; akin to Old English dung dungeon, Old High German tunc cellar
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Examples from the Web for dingle

Contemporary Examples of dingle

Historical Examples of dingle

  • Anon I heard a boisterous shout, which seemed to proceed from the entrance of the dingle.


    George Borrow

  • On arriving at the extremity of the plain, I looked towards the dingle.

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • Passing on, I proceeded to the spring, where I filled the kettle, and then returned to the dingle.

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • Now, you had better go down to the brook in the dingle and have a drink.

    Beautiful Joe

    Marshall Saunders

  • And now in the broad daylight I was half afraid to examine the dingle.


    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for dingle



a small wooded dell

Word Origin for dingle

C13: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dingle

"deep dell or hollow, usually wooded," mid-13c., of unknown origin; a dialectal word until it entered literary use 17c.

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