hum·​ding·​er | \ ˈhəm-ˈdiŋ-ər How to pronounce humdinger (audio) \

Definition of humdinger

: a striking or extraordinary person or thing That was one humdinger of a storm.

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The last storm was a real humdinger! I hear we're in for another humdinger of a storm!
Recent Examples on the Web That trade was a humdinger; Wings owner Mike Ilitch sent his private plane to fetch Shanahan and have him in Detroit for that night’s game. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Why landing Larry Murphy was 'move of moves' as Red Wings ended Stanley Cup drought in 1997," 13 May 2020 That was a humdinger, wasn’t it?’’ Flynn said postgame. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Captain Hook's boys get the Reds even in game four of the 1975 World Series," 2 Apr. 2020 Moby Arena is an old school arena and a must-see venue for basketball fans around Colorado, and Friday night’s tilt between the Rams and Buffs is sure to be a humdinger. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Friday night fun, in “Fort Fun” for college basketball with Colorado State playing host to CU Buffs," 13 Dec. 2019 Scotland will face Japan in what promises to be a humdinger in Yokohama on Sunday, and after Ireland plays Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland breezes past Russia 61-0 to set up Japan showdown," 9 Oct. 2019 The wheels come off in the first scene – normally a humdinger, here just humdrum. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 After a harrowing kayak ride, Mandrick makes a humdinger of a find, a shocking climax to the story that readers will see as if through binoculars from several miles away or will kick themselves for missing. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "Jungle Mold, Ornithology and Lawn Care: 3 New Novels Find Hilarity in Unexpected Places," 1 June 2018 Any day is a good day to get loose at the Torch Club, but this annual humdinger always produces one of their best slates of tunes. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Three to see: Live music in Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 The script is aces, too, filled with humdingers that Hall tears into ferociously. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Movie review: ‘Professor Marston’ is a wonder of a movie," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of humdinger

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humdinger

probably alteration of hummer

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The first known use of humdinger was in 1896

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“Humdinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of humdinger

informal : something that is very impressive or exciting


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: something striking or extraordinary

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