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[ding-guh l] /ˈdɪŋ gəl/
a deep, narrow cleft between hills; shady dell.
Origin of dingle
1200-50; Middle English: a deep dell, hollow; akin to Old English dung dungeon, Old High German tunc cellar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It has a small modern church; but an old church, now disused, lies in a dingle in some fields a mile away from the village.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Passing on, I proceeded to the spring, where I filled the kettle, and then returned to the dingle.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • The news of dingle, as might be expected, occasioned the greatest excitement throughout the little encampment.

    The Frontier Angel Edward S. Ellis
  • On arriving at the extremity of the plain, I looked towards the dingle.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • He aroused dingle and Mansfield, but Peterson was nowhere to be found.

    The Frontier Angel Edward S. Ellis
  • Anon I heard a boisterous shout, which seemed to proceed from the entrance of the dingle.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • With a smile at the absurdity of such a supposition, I left him and his companion, and betook myself p. 111to the dingle.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • And now in the broad daylight I was half afraid to examine the dingle.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • The settlement of the dingle action was a confession of weakness.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for dingle


a small wooded dell
Word Origin
C13: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dingle

"deep dell or hollow, usually wooded," mid-13c., of unknown origin; a dialectal word until it entered literary use 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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