Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small wooded valley; a dell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, narrow or enclosed, usually wooded valley.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow dale; a small dell; a small, secluded, and embowered valley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shake; vibrate.
  • n. A small, secluded, and embowered valley.
  • n. The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • n. The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small wooded hollow

Etymologies

Middle English, dell, hollow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an alteration of dimble ("a dingle, glen, retired place"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "True," said Mr. Petulengro; "why bring what's low to the dingle, which is low enough already?"

    The Romany Rye

  • However, bright, sunny ( "dingle") days can occur, particularly in November and December.

    South Orkney Islands

  • This shelter was called the "dingle," and contained the camp grindstone and spare sled equipment.

    The Rainy Day Railroad War

  • And, observe the art of it, under all the simplicity -- notice, for example, the curious weird effect produced by the studied repetition of the word "dingle" coming ever round and round like the master-note in a chime.

    Through the Magic Door

  • Near the left-hand corner of the grove which surrounded the dingle, and about ten yards from the fire-ball, I perceived a chaise, with a postillion on the box, who was making efforts, apparently useless, to control his horses, which were kicking and plunging in the highest degree of excitement.

    16 posts from March 2010

  • I hope he doen't continue to flip flop and NASA gets the funding and support it needs to be successful. danilo dingle

    Obama says he is committed to future of NASA

  • But it hasn't just been the nuts with their sidearms, misspelled signs, and dingle ball hats.

    Ian Gurvitz: Put Hate Speech in the Crosshairs

  • What she looks like, according to Kay: She has a hooky nose, a hooky chin, very bright black eyes, long dingle-dangle earrings which click, a poke-bonnet, a red cloak, a stick with a hooky handle, and pointy black shiny shoes.

    Witch of the Day: Sylvia Daisy Pouncer

  • But they must have wear socks with those little dingle balls to signify their turning 18.

    HAYDEN WHATSERFACE AND CHRIS COLUMBUS

  • Among other encouraging words, he threatened to hang me from the basketball rim by my “dingle-dangle.”

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  • A mud room can be termed a dingle.
    A blazing fire some call an ingle.
    Such friendly welter
    For comfort and shelter!
    To warm us words in Winter comingle.

    November 24, 2014

  • Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
    About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
    The night above the dingle starry,
    Time let me hail and climb
    Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
    And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
    And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
    Trail with daisies and barley
    Down the rivers of the windfall light.

    November 20, 2008