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dingleberry

[ding-guh l-ber-ee] /ˈdɪŋ gəlˌbɛr i/
noun, plural dingleberries.
1.
Slang. a small clot of dung, as clinging to the hindquarters of an animal.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; perhaps dingle + berry; perhaps by association with dangle
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Word Origin and History for dingleberry
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for dingleberry

dingleberry

noun

A despised person; jerk, nerd •Re-Revived by 1980s students: Tell that dingleberry I'm not here

[1920s+; originally one of several similar derogatory terms ending in -berry, for example, huckleberry, attested by 1835; in later use probably influenced by dingleberry, ''a fragment of feces clinging near the anus'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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