One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural dingusesNorth American, South African
Used to refer to something one cannot or does not wish to name specifically.‘you can hack this dingus into having much better range’‘here's a doohickey—and there's the dingus’
object, article, item, artefact, commodityView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘’Would you look at this dingus,’ Bogart says, turning the fruit jar in his hand.’
Late 19th century: via Afrikaans from Dutch ding ‘thing’.
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