humdinger

noun
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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Examples of humdinger in a Sentence

The last storm was a real humdinger! I hear we're in for another humdinger of a storm!
Recent Examples on the Web The second son of the former president delivered a humdinger of a performance -- even by his own low standards -- during an appearance on Fox News Channel with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Oršić’s goal was the fifth in an eight-goal humdinger with Spain, the highest-scoring match witnessed in the competition since the very first: a 5–4 win for Yugoslavia over France, sixty-one summers ago. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 2 July 2021 Why, goodness gracious, great balls of fire, that’s a humdinger of a show at Osceola Arts. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Mar. 2021 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, 13 May 2020 That was a humdinger, wasn’t it?’’ Flynn said postgame. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 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, 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, 9 Oct. 2019 The wheels come off in the first scene – normally a humdinger, here just humdrum. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 July 2018

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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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3 Oct 2021

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“Humdinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humdinger. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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humdinger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of humdinger

: something that is very impressive or exciting

humdinger

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

Kids Definition of humdinger

: something striking or extraordinary

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