don·​gle ˈdäŋ-gəl How to pronounce dongle (audio)
: 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 Both the keyboard and mouse can be paired wirelessly with up to three different devices using Bluetooth or Logitech’s highly secure Logi Bolt wireless dongle. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The projector also has two USB ports, leaving one free after using the other to power the dongle. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 The dongle connection provides clean audio with little noticeable degradation and low latency, which is ideal for gaming. Dua Rashid / Gizmodo, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2024 The power output of the dongle is 70mW/1.5V into 32Ω, increasing to 2V with higher impedance headphones. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Connectivity and Battery Life Keyboards generally connect to PCs and other devices in one of three ways: A USB cable, a 2.4 GHz wireless connection via a USB dongle, or Bluetooth. Chris Coke, Popular Mechanics, 23 Aug. 2023 The cable and dongle options offer the best latency thanks to a polling frequency of 1,000Hz. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 The dongle features the same cutout as the mouse, to comfortably fit the USB-C end of the cable. PCMAG, 7 Feb. 2024 There’s the usual Bluetooth and USB cable, plus there’s a 2.4GHz RF dongle that provides a wireless connection with the responsiveness of a cable. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History


perhaps alteration of dangle

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dongle was in 1981

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“Dongle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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