[ ding-uh s ]
/ ˈdɪŋ əs /

noun, plural ding·us·es. Informal.

a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten.

Nearby words

  1. dinges,
  2. dinghy,
  3. dingle,
  4. dingleberry,
  5. dingo,
  6. dingy,
  7. dining car,
  8. dining hall,
  9. dining room,
  10. dining table

Origin of dingus

1870–75; < Dutch dinges or its source, German Dinges, probably orig. genitive, with partitive value, of Ding thing1

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Word Origin and History for dingus



"any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name," 1876, U.S. slang, from Dutch dinges, literally "thing" (see thing).

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