follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

dinge

[dinj] /dɪndʒ/
noun
1.
the condition of being dingy.
2.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; back formation from dingy
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for dinge's

dinge1

/dɪndʒ/
noun
1.
dinginess
Word Origin
C19: back formation from dingy

dinge2

/dɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a Black person
adjective
2.
of or relating to Black people

dinge3

/dɪndʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make a dent in (something)
noun
2.
a dent
Word Origin
of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dinge

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dinge

0
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dinge's