Definition of dingus
1 informal : an often small article whose common name is unknown or forgotten : gadget, doodad sense 2 In his [Dashiell Hammett's] writings of the period from 1924 to 1952, "dingus" signifies, variously, a magician's prop, a typewriter, a short story, a novel, and an elusive artifact, a black bird better known as the Maltese Falcon.— Mark McGurl … the boy was decked out in a fancy uniform with silver buttons and a cap with a dingus on the top.— Sholem Aleichem
2 US slang : a dim-witted, silly, or foolish person —often used in a joking or friendly way By most accounts, [Hunter] Strickland is actually a sweet feller. Respected by his teammates, nice to the fans, et cetera. But he sure is a dingus on the mound sometimes.— Grant BrisbeeThink back to when you were 17 and how much of a dingus you could be … — Pacific Takes
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