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nounSouth African, North American
Used to refer to something one cannot or does not wish to name specifically.
object, article, item, artefact, commodityView synonyms
- ‘’Would you look at this dingus,’ Bogart says, turning the fruit jar in his hand.’
- ‘Whenever you feel the urge to know more about a dingus or purchase a doodad that does everything, just visit a kindergarten nearby and ask the little tikes how to have fun.’
- ‘Grilled a marinated pork dingus for supper - it's this boneless flaccid tube of pork in a plastic sleeve, soaked in brine and pepper and various other powders.’
- ‘I never think about the little plastic dinguses at the bottom of the drape-cords in my room, until I pull them and remember that they're original.’
Late 19th century: via Afrikaans from Dutch ding ‘thing’.
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