dingleberry

noun
din·​gle·​ber·​ry | \ ˈdiŋ-gəl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce dingleberry (audio) , -ˌbe-rē \
plural dingleberries

Definition of dingleberry

1 US, informal : a foolish, stupid, or contemptible person Something about human nature makes us all think we are the best drivers on the road at any given time. It's everyone else who are the dingleberries.— Kelly Kazek They shouldn't have to leave jobs they love with people they like—because of some dingleberry with a wandering eye.— Caroline Overington
2 : a cranberry (Vaccinium erythrocarpum) of the southeastern U.S. also : its small dark red berry
3 slang : a piece of dried fecal matter clinging to the hair around the anus Get over the ick factor and check your pet's rear regularly to make sure no dingleberries are dangling from his fur.— Kim Campbell Thornton

First Known Use of dingleberry

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for dingleberry

dingle- (of uncertain origin) + berry entry 1

Note: Cf. earlier dilberry, dillberry, dingbat, in the meaning of sense 3; sense 1 perhaps derived from sense 3.

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“Dingleberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingleberry. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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