hum·​ding·​er ˈhəm-ˈdiŋ-ər How to pronounce humdinger (audio)
: a striking or extraordinary person or thing
That was one humdinger of a storm.

Example Sentences

The last storm was a real humdinger! I hear we're in for another humdinger of a storm!
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Word History


probably alteration of hummer

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of humdinger was in 1896

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“Humdinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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