Ding

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German ding, from Proto-Germanic *þingą. Compare Low German ding, Dutch ding, English thing, Danish ting.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Ding n (genitive Dings or Dinges, plural Dinge or Dinger)

  1. thing
  2. (mildly disrespectful) thing; girl; boy (young person)
  3. (dated) Thing (historic Germanic council)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural Dinge means things in general: Werte sind wichtiger als Dinge. – "Values are more important than things." It also means different kinds of things: Nahrung, Kleidung und Wohnung sind Dinge, die jeder braucht. – "Food, clothes and a home are things that everyone needs."
  • The plural Dinger means several items of one sort of thing: Was sind das hier für kleine rote Dinger? – "What are these little red things?" In formal style, this sense is preferably covered by Gegenstände rather than Dinger. The plural Dinger is also used for the sense “young person”.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (historic council): Thing

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