Definitions

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

  • n. Slang An article whose name is unknown or forgotten.
  • n. Slang A person regarded as stupid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something whose name is either unknown or forgotten; a thingamajig.
  • n. A fool or incompetent person.
  • n. penis

Etymologies

Dutch dinges, whatchamacallit, from German Dings, from Middle High German dinges, genitive of dinc, thing, from Old High German ding, thing, assembly, case, thing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch dinges, ding ("thing"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A probably related word is "dinkus," a typographer's symbol used to separate sections of a book within a chapter.

    August 7, 2010

  • "They were two unarmed, uniformed members of the maggoty old Big Apple's Finest, standing in a well-lit air-conditioned hallway on the twenty-sixth floor of a brand-new apartment building - or maybe it was a condo, who the fuck knew, when Officers Cautious and Extremely were boys, a condo was something a guy with a speech impediment wore on the end of his dingus - and no one was going to creep up on them or jump out of the ceiling on top of them or hose them down with a magic Uzi that never jammed or never ran out of ammunition."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007