[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

  • She refrained from opening it, but, taking it down to the dingle, she flung it into the deepest pool in the brook.

  • Darkness was now coming again over the earth; the dingle was again in deep shade.

    Isopel Berners

    George Borrow

  • Belle then departed and I returned to the dingle, where, seating myself on my stone, I remained for upwards of an hour in thought.

    Isopel Berners

    George Borrow

  • For over two hours Dingle reconnoitered the flat-boat, and all the time kept himself carefully concealed from it.

    The Frontier Angel

    Edward S. Ellis

  • In the very deepest part of the dingle was a stream of water falling from a rock.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

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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