dingleberry

[ding-guh l-ber-ee]

noun, plural din·gle·ber·ries.

Slang. a small clot of dung, as clinging to the hindquarters of an animal.

Nearby words

  1. dinge,
  2. dinger,
  3. dinges,
  4. dinghy,
  5. dingle,
  6. dingo,
  7. dingus,
  8. dingy,
  9. dining,
  10. dining car

Origin of dingleberry

1920–25; perhaps dingle + berry; perhaps by association with dangle

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Word Origin and History for dingleberry

dingleberry

n.

by 1973, perhaps with suggestions of dangle and berry. Attested from late 19c. through 1930s as a humorous-sounding surname in comedic writing.

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