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

Examples of dinger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Astros hit three off Mad Max, including a grand slam from Jose Abreu, to give them 16 dingers for the series, a Rangers record for fireworks allowed. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 Santana’s 13th dinger of the season gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead at the time and was the fourth of five times the Brewers took the lead in the series. Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2023 Eight different Rays have at least 10 homers this season, with DH Harold Ramírez not far behind at nine dingers. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 4 Aug. 2023 Pressly preceded the dinger with four scoreless frames in a quartet of outings. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 13 Apr. 2023 And in the grand scheme of things, 500 long balls over a dozen years isn’t a lot — just 1% of all dingers over that time period. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Altuve shined in the Venezuelan uniform on March 9, launching a pair of dingers in a Spring Training exhibition against the Mets. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 16 Mar. 2023 Bri Ellis leads Auburn with 12 home runs, followed by Lindsey Garcia with 10 dingers. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 14 May 2023 Don't be shocked if first baseman Andrew Vaughn smacks a dinger into the Crawford Boxes or lofts one over the short porch in right field. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


perhaps from ding to strike + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinger was in 1968

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“Dinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinger. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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