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See also: ding, díng, dìng, dīng, dǐng, and dìŋ



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


  • IPA(key): /dɪŋ/ (most areas)
  • IPA(key): /dɪŋk/ (chiefly northern Germany)
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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”.


  • (historic council): Thing

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