Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small wooded valley; a dell.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a small wooded hollow

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, dell, hollow.]

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From an alteration of dimble ("a dingle, glen, retired place").

Examples

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  • 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

  • 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