Definition of dingus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiNGɡəs/

noun (plural dinguses)

North American & South African informal
Used to refer to something whose name the speaker cannot remember, is unsure of, or is humorously or euphemistically omitting: here’s a doohickey—and there’s the dingus
More example sentences
  • Whenever you feel the urge to know more about a dingus or purchase a doodad that does everything, just visit a kindergarten nearby and ask the little tikes how to have fun.
  • I never think about the little plastic dinguses at the bottom of the drape-cords in my room, until I pull them and remember that they're original.
  • Grilled a marinated pork dingus for supper - it's this boneless flaccid tube of pork in a plastic sleeve, soaked in brine and pepper and various other powders.


Late 19th century: via Afrikaans from Dutch ding 'thing'.

  • There are many words for something one cannot name or remember such as thingamabob (mid 18th century) or more simply thingy (late 18th century). Dingus is made on the same pattern, being a South African adoption from Afrikaans ding ‘thing’.

Words that rhyme with dingus


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Syllabification: ding·us

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