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.

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

Etymologies

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

Dutch dinges, whatchamacallit, from German Dings, from Middle High German dinges, genitive of dinc, thing, from Old High German ding, thing, assembly, case, thing.

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From Dutch dinges, ding ("thing").

Examples

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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