• (British) IPA: /ˈdɪŋ(ɡ)ə(ɹ)/

dinger (plural dingers)

  1. A bell or chime.
    • 1997, Sarah Gregory, Public Trust, Signet (1997), ISBN 9780451190765, page 47:
      Sharon patted the dinger to call for service.
  2. The suspended clapper of a bell.
  3. One who rings a bell.
  4. (baseball) A home run.
    The starting pitcher gave up three dingers.
    • 1989, John Holway, "Strikeouts: The High Cost of Hitting Home Runs ↗", Baseball Digest, June 1989:
      He should know, he fanned 2597 times — far more than any other man — but made millions hitting 563 dingers.
    • 1997, Hank Davis, Small-Town Heroes: Images of Minor League Baseball, University of Nebraska Press (2003), ISBN 0803266391, page 264 ↗:
      Then as you're taking his picture, say something about the thirty dingers he's going to hit this season. You get that little extra smile on his face.
    • 2008, Mike Stone & Art Regner, The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists, Running Press (2008), ISBN 9780762433544, page 209 ↗:
      For you youngsters out there, hitting 50 dingers in the pre-steroid craze days of the early 90s was an actual accomplishment; the only questionable substance Fielder was putting in his body were McRib sandwiches.
  5. (North America, slang) The penis.
    • 1994, Max Evans, Bluefeather Fellini in the Sacred Realm, University Press of Colorado (1994), ISBN 9780553565409, page 131:
      "He had a red wool sock on his dinger. That's all."
  6. (US, slang) Something outstanding or exceptional, a humdinger.
    • 1939, John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Penguin, 1951, Chapter 4, p. 28,
      Casy said, “See how good the corn come along until the dust got up. Been a dinger of a crop.”
    • 1998, Earl Emerson, Catfish Café, New York: Ballantine, Chapter 1, p. 3,
      “I won’t lie to you. She been in trouble the last couple years, but she got herself wrapped up in a real dinger this time.”
  7. (Australian slang, dated) A condom.
  8. (Australian slang) The buttocks, the anus.
    Let′s leave them to sit on their dingers for a while.
    • 1955, Norman Bartlett, Island Victory, Angus and Robertson (1955), page 6 ↗:
      "We'd get even more out of 'em if some of the pilots sat on their dingers less and polished their kites more."
    • 1979, Derek Maitland, Breaking Out, Allen Lane (1979), page 63 ↗:
      And why had he belted the Australian envoy flat on his dinger in that Spanish bar?
    • 1988, Peter Pinney, The Barbarians: A Soldier's New Guinea Diary, University of Queensland Press (1988), ISBN 9780702221583, page 109 ↗:
      "Yeah? Well, stand up anyone who's got a three-inch mortar hid up his dinger!"
  9. (Australian slang) A catapult, a shanghai.
    • 2010, Gordon Briscoe, Racial Folly: A Twentieth-Century Aboriginal Family, Anu E Press (2010), ISBN 9781921666209, page 59 ↗:
      We made our 'dingers' (as we called them) out of truck tyre inner tubes that were heavy-duty rubber that could shoot a stone a very long distance.

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