Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘’Would you look at this dingus,’ Bogart says, turning the fruit jar in his hand.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: via Afrikaans from Dutch ding thing.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.