hum-dinger

humdinger

[huhm-ding-er]
noun Informal.
a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect.

Origin:
1885–90; hum + ding1 + -er1

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humdinger (ˈhʌmˌdɪŋə)
 
n
1.  something unusually large: a humdinger of a recession
2.  an excellent person or thing: a humdinger of a party
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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humdinger
1905, Amer.Eng., originally used of beautiful women; probably from dinger, early 19c. slang word for anything superlative.
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