[ ding-uhs ]

noun,plural ding·us·es.Informal.
  1. a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten.

Origin of dingus

1870–75; <Dutch dinges or its source, German Dinges, probably originally genitive, with partitive value, of Dingthing1

Words Nearby dingus

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How to use dingus in a sentence

  • The whistles high frequency waves also awakened Cerberus, the three-headed watch dog, besides actuating The dingus.

    Satan and the Comrades | Ralph Bennitt
  • Rosalie give him a pearl dingus to wear in his cravat, an' derned ef he don't have to wear a collar all the time now.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon
  • It was a new kind of a silver dingus, with two handles to it, for getting a lump of sugar into your tea.

  • Miss dingus looked at the small, sandy haired girl with astonishment.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman | Emma Speed Sampson
  • And they think you were eccentric in furnishing this room—they think the broad couch and that Japanese dingus are absurd.

    Main Street | Sinclair Lewis