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[huhm-ding-er] /ˈhʌmˈdɪŋ ər/
noun, Informal.
a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect.
Origin of humdinger
1885-90; hum + ding1 + -er1 Unabridged
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  • So if you were an early cell phone adapter, you were getting some humdinger rays into your head.
British Dictionary definitions for humdinger


noun (slang)
something unusually large: a humdinger of a recession
an excellent person or thing: a humdinger of a party
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for humdinger

1905, American English, originally used of beautiful women; probably from dinger, early 19c. slang word for anything superlative; also cf. hummer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for humdinger



A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, lollapalooza: Arnold Moss gave us a humdinger of a talk (1905+)

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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