dingleberry

dingleberry

[ding-guhl-ber-ee]
noun, plural dingleberries.
Slang. a small clot of dung, as clinging to the hindquarters of an animal.

Origin:
1920–25; perhaps dingle + berry; perhaps by association with dangle

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dingleberry
by 1973, perhaps with suggestions of dangle and berry. Attested from late 19c. through 1930s as a humorous-sounding surname in comedic writing.
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dingleberry definition


  1. n.
    a blob of fecal matter clinging to the hairs around the anus. (Usually objectionable.) : Is there no permanent cure for the heartbreak of dingleberries?
  2. n.
    a stupid-acting person of either sex. : You are such a dumb dingleberry! Wise up!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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