noun, plural dinguses. Informal.
a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten.

1870–75; < Dutch dinges or its source, German Dinges, probably orig. genitive, with partitive value, of Ding thing1

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"any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name," 1876, U.S. slang, from Du. dinges, lit. "thing" (see thing).
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dingus definition

  1. n.
    a thing or gadget. : I have a little dingus that helps me clean venetian blinds.
  2. n.
    and dingy. the penis; the male thing. (Usually objectionable.) : Jimmy, shake your dingus and put it away!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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