dingleberry

noun din·gle·ber·ry \ ˈdiŋ-gəl-ˌber-ē , -ˌbe-rē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of dingleberry

plural dingleberries
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

Origin and Etymology of dingleberry

dingle- (of uncertain origin) + 1berry
Note: Cf. earlier dilberry, dillberry, dingbat, in the meaning of sense 3; sense 1 perhaps derived from sense 3.


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