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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Boone was on the Cincinnati team that did the same in 1999, accounting for three of the Reds' 21 dingers. ... Greg Tartaglia, USA TODAY, "Gleyber Torres sets New York Yankees home run mark in win over LA Angels," 25 May 2018 As stunning as this dinger was, Harper doesn’t really care. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Bryce Harper does not care about the distance of his monster 473-foot homer," 5 May 2018 The son of 17-year MLB veteran and beloved Marlin Jeff Conine boasts back-to-back seasons with double-digit home runs, and Duke claims his 497-footer in early May against Gardner-Webb was the longest dinger in college baseball this season. Eric Single, SI.com, "Everything You Must Know About the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals," 31 May 2018 Since the middle of June, however, the first sacker has hit .412 and over the past week posted a .526 average with a dinger and three RBI. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball sizzlers, fizzlers: Andrew Heaney, Nate Eovaldi surging," 10 July 2018 One was White Sox starter Dylan Covey, who took himself out of the running here by giving up his first dinger last night. SI.com, "Power Rankings: The Astros Refuse to Lose," 18 June 2018 Mookie Betts keeps hitting home runs and his latest dinger put the Boston Red Sox right fielder in exclusive company. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Mookie Betts hits another home run, ties long-standing Boston Red Sox record," 4 May 2018 Some are eager for the league to jump in and correct the sport’s course with rule changes — though it’s unclear which rule change, exactly, might unfilthify Chaz Roe’s slider or convince Joey Gallo not to want to jack dingers to the moon. Ted Berg, For The Win, "The problem with Major League Baseball is that players are too good at baseball," 16 May 2018 Four Arkansas players hit double-digit dingers during the regular season, and centerfielder Dominic Fletcher has now joined them after going deep in back-to-back wins that knocked out Texas Tech and Florida. Eric Single, SI.com, "College World Series Finals Preview: Breaking Down Oregon State vs. Arkansas," 24 June 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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