One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounSouth African, North American
Used to refer to something whose name the speaker cannot remember, is unsure of, or is humorously or euphemistically omitting.‘here's a doohickey—and there's the dingus’
object, article, item, artefact, commodityView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘’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.’
- ‘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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