noun, plural ding·us·es.Informal.
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Origin of dingus
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What does dingus mean?
Dingus is a very informal word for an object whose name you don’t know, have forgotten, or can’t recall at the moment.
It’s often used to refer to gadgets or parts of things that might not even have a commonly known name, as in Before we attach the bracket, we have to insert this dingus here.
Example: My kids got me one of those dinguses that track your steps. What’s it called? A stepometer?
Where does dingus come from?
The first records of the word dingus come from the 1870s. It comes from the Dutch word dinges, from the German Ding, meaning “thing.” So a dingus is really a thingus.
Today, the word is especially used to refer to small, physical objects, but its ambiguous nature means it can be used for all kinds of things (which is really the point of a word like dingus). Sometimes, it’s used just to be a bit funny, even if you actually know the name of the object you’re referring to.
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What are some other forms related to dingus?
- dinguses (plural)
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How is dingus used in real life?
Dingus is very informal. It’s especially used in speech as a way for the speaker to refer to something whose name they don’t know or can’t remember at that moment.
— Cory Doctorow #BLM (@doctorow) March 1, 2015
Bolt and fastener chart: what's that dingus called? http://bit.ly/hqQ7QU
— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) January 30, 2011
Poop-Deck is scrubbed and clean. Now, to get a plastic dingus from Ace Hardware.
— Diana Brooks (@Geekytaitai) August 20, 2010
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Is dingus used correctly in the following sentence?
This darn dingus doesn’t even work anymore—can you pick up another one at the store?
Example sentences from the Web for dingus
To the only woman on earth who sings base enough, they sends this dingus and the organ-grinder.A Man in the Open|Roger Pocock
The French telephone resembles a dingus for curling the hair.Europe Revised|Irvin S. Cobb
This other dingus was undoubtedly a typewriter—and this small gadget on the desk a stapler.The Mighty Dead|William Campbell Gault
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
I wouldn't be puttin' that dingus on my head for all the colleens in Ireland.Off Course|Mack Reynolds (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)