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dingus

[ding-uh s] /ˈdɪŋ əs/
noun, plural dinguses. Informal.
1.
a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Dutch dinges or its source, German Dinges, probably orig. genitive, with partitive value, of Ding thing1
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n.

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

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dingus

noun
  1. Any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; gadget, gizmo: What's that dingus in the corner? (1876+)
  2. The penis (1940s+)

[fr Dutch dinges, of the same meaning, essentially ''thing'']


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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