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Origin of humdinger

First recorded in 1885–90; hum + ding1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun slang
  1. something unusually largea humdinger of a recession
  2. an excellent person or thinga humdinger of a party

Word Origin for humdinger

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for humdinger

1905, American English, originally used of beautiful women; probably from dinger, early 19c. slang word for anything superlative; also cf. hummer.

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