1. (also dingis) anything for which one cannot recall the proper name.
|Pioche Daily Journal 23 Sept. 3/1: The latest thing in the way of a soul-warmer that the youths of Pioche have got up is a dingis made thusly [DA].|
|Out for the Coin 56: I promised Tom faithfully that I wouldn’t buy a benzine buggy until he invents the dingus — that’s the name of it! The dingus [...] is something like a bifftoid, only its deeper.|
|Ade’s Fables 155: It was a kind of Dingus formerly exhibited on the What-Not in almost every polite Home.‘The Dream That Came Out’ in|
|Main Street (1921) 96: They think the broad couch and that Japanese dingus are absurd.|
|Herald (New Orleans, LA) 14 Sept. 6/1: We gather in all noise that’s made [...] broadcasted through the air / We tune our dingus up at night and ketch the hymns of hate and spite, that’s let off — everywhere.|
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 273: Now you look through this little dingus here, this V.|
|Popular Detective Apr. [Internet] Willie got up to light the gas. His fingers were on the little dingus that turns the illuminating vapor on.‘No Place Like Homicide’ in|
|Long Good-Bye 24: I [...] got the coffee-maker down off the shelf. [...] I filled the lower half of the dingus and set it on the flame.|
|Death of a Citizen 101: Pull that little metal dingus sticking out from the bottom.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 160: I’ve had a crawful of rudders and levers and pedals and dinguses of every damned kind!|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 117: Other catchalls of this sort are dingus, doodad, doohickey, gadget, gizmo, thingamabob and watchamacallit.|
2. a euph. for the penis.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|in Limerick (1953) 176: The head of his dingus went in!|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 6: You drop me, I’ll feed your dingus to the gooney birds!|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 106: Fella [...] probably wouldn’t know which end of his dingus to pee with.|
|Faggots 320: Think banana and bird and ding-dong, dingus.|
|Love Without (2007) 140: As if the dingus isn’t bad enough, I need a rest every minute [...] from the emphysema.‘Finnegan’s Waikiki’ in|
|Mating Birds 167: Bloody rapist kaffir bastard! Why not cut off his filthy black dingus, the rotten swine!|
|Nubile Treat [Internet] To think of it! The little dingus she had sometimes seen when he was a little boy had grown big and thick and hairy, and she was giving it its first sucking off.|
|Snitch Jacket 35: A man forced to imbibe the water of his own dingus is a desperate bastard.|
3. (US drugs) an improvised hypodermic syringe, made from an eye-dropper and a pin.
|Opium Addiction in Chicago 198: Dingus. An eye-dropper.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
4. a dildo.
|Naked Lunch (1968) 112: Can’t shit with that dingus up me.|
5. (US) a fool, a show-off.
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 4: DINGUS — foolish, stupid, or reckless person: ‘Stop clowning around, you dingus!’.(ed.)|