dingus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch dinges, ding (thing).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dingus (plural dinguses)

  1. Something whose name is either unknown or forgotten; a thingamajig.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 29:
      I wet the rod and measured the stuff into the top and and by that time the water was steaming. I filled the lower half of the dingus and set it on the flame.
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, After You with the Pistol, Penguin 2001, p. 241:
      ‘Say, what’s that dingus you Britishers wear when you’re playing cricket?’
  2. A fool or incompetent person.
    I just lost my keys again. Now I feel like a dingus.
  3. (slang, vulgar) penis
    • 1970, Don Tracy, The Last Boat Out of Cincinnati, Trident Press (1970), ISBN 9780671270568, page 74:
      "He got mad at me because his dingus wouldn’t come up for him — too drunk, I guess. []

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