don·​gle | \ ˈdäŋ-gəl How to pronounce dongle (audio) , ˈdȯŋ-\

Definition of dongle

: a small device that plugs into a computer and serves as an adapter or as a security measure to enable the use of certain software

Examples of dongle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Google's Stadia is coming in November and will cost $129.99 for a Founder's Edition bundle which includes a Chromecast dongle, a Stadia controller and three months of a subscription service. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Streaming gaming will change the video game industry. Here's why," 18 June 2019 Yes, there’s always the risk of misplacing a dongle, but IOGear’s GWHDKIT11C sounds extremely convenient, assuming the performance meets expectations. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 60GHz technology in a USB-C dongle," 5 June 2019 Stadia will work on TVs with a Chromecast dongle or Chromecast support at launch. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Google's gaming system Stadia is coming in November. Here's what we know," 6 June 2019 That is more than any one dongle can give you, for the time being. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "DIYers Build the Ultimate Case for the iPhone 7," 15 Sep. 2016 That would move the Mac mini further away from one of its original purposes—cheap consumer home theater PC—likely because that product category has been replaced by devices like the Apple TV or various Roku dongles and boxes, among other things. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says," 21 Aug. 2018 The sleeve also includes a medium-sized zippered pocket to hold all your cables, dongles, and accessories. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 The MacBook Pro 15 says buy your own dongles, offering four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro," 30 Aug. 2018 The drive is compatible with USB 3.0 connections (so MacBook users will need a USB-C dongle), and a pair of of front-facing USB 3.0 ports can also keep your phone and tablets charged while working. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Back up everything with this awesome deal on the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub," 7 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dongle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dongle

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dongle

perhaps alteration of dangle

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dongle

Dictionary Entries near dongle





Dongola kid



Statistics for dongle

Last Updated

26 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dongle

The first known use of dongle was in 1981

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on dongle

Nglish: Translation of dongle for Spanish Speakers

Comments on dongle

What made you want to look up dongle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!