1. (US Und.) a moonless night.
|Autobiog. (1930) 292: Dinge signifies a dark night.|
2. (also dinghe) a black person.
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 316/1: Dinge, a negro man.|
|Conversations of a Chorus Girl 15: Dingies [...] billed [...] as ‘Octaroon Odalisques’.|
|Life In Sing Sing 247: Dinge. Negro.|
|Maison De Shine 13: ‘Is it Injuns in them islands?’ asked Mrs. de Shine doubtfully. ‘Ain’t it dinges?’ ‘Injuns and dinges, too,’ answered Susy.|
|boxing report 31 Mar. [synd. col.] [headline] Law of the Ring Against [Jack] Johnson, Expert Argues / But It’s Hard to get Mental Photo of Dinge Running into Any Wild Wallops.|
|Mother of the Hoboes 44: The Rating Of The Tramps 38 Shine or Dingy: colored vagabond.|
|Babbitt (1974) 118: The old fashioned coon was a fine old cuss [...] but these young dinges don’t want to be porters or cotton-pickers.|
|Babe Gordon (1934) 14: A classy dinge passed them by and gave Babe the eye.|
|Iceman Cometh Act III: Can yuh beat de noive of dat dinge!|
|DAUL 58/2: Dinghe. 1. A Negro, especially one of light-colored skin.et al.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 91: It turned out the guy was a spick, but to me they’re all black, all dinges.|
|Crust on its Uppers 36: A punch-up at the jellied-eel stall with these dinges saying we were square.|
|Faggots 251: He looks infinitely more attractive than that dusky dinge.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 19: You don’t dig dinge. That’s okay. I don’t dig crackers.|
|High Cotton (1993) 140: I would come to no good among the no accounts, [...] dinges, coons, monkeys, jungle bunnies, [...] and diamond switchers.|
|Pound for Pound 130: Bust up that fuckin dinge for me.|
(US black) to assume blackface makeup.
|Sellout (2016) 240: Alfalfa dinges up so he can audition to be the lead banjo picker in an all-Negro jug band.|