ding·​er | \ ˈdiŋ-ər How to pronounce dinger (audio) \
plural dingers

Definition of dinger

baseball, informal
: home run sense 1 Only the Royals, Astros and Cubs have given up more dingers than the Angels.— Stephen Cannella Ramirez had driven in 72 runs and had scored himself 49 times, while smacking 16 dingers— David Sabino

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Gallo hit this into a black hole conveniently located in the rightfield corner of Globe Life Ball Park—a light-consuming vortex, a Bermuda Triangle of dingers. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Ranking the 10 Best Home Runs of 2019 So Far," 4 July 2019 The big first baseman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run dinger in the third, both with two outs. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Matt Olson slams 2 homers, A’s make a statement in win over Angels," 28 June 2019 By The Numbers 486 In a major league season on pace for a record amount of total dingers, Ian Desmond hit the longest one yet on Monday night. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: Breaking down how the Colorado bullpen has been a steadying force this season," 13 June 2019 Christian Walker led off the second inning with a dinger. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Archie Bradley named starting pitcher for Diamondbacks' series finale vs. Nationals," 15 June 2019 Stroman turned in a strong May, but allowed six runs in a loss to Arizona on June 7, exiting the contest after two Diamondbacks dingers. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Lucas Giolito Is Living Up to His Top Prospect Billing," 11 June 2019 But his connection to the city runs deeper than dingers and rings. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why David Ortiz is beloved beyond baseball (and how he got the nickname Big Papi)," 10 June 2019 On Tuesday, in his first start, Bruce hit a double and two home runs — one of them a grand slam — and was a wind’s breath from a third dinger. Marcus Hayes, https://www.inquirer.com, "Do these battered Phillies remind you of those Super Eagles? They should. | Marcus Hayes," 5 June 2019 That didn’t work out: Lugo promptly gave up a leadoff walk, then a walk-off homer to light-hitting infielder Charlie Culberson—just his seventh dinger in six-plus major league seasons—to finish off the Mets’ latest disaster. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Mets Keep Doing Nothing to Help the Brilliant Jacob deGrom," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of dinger

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dinger

perhaps from ding to strike + -er entry 2

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