ding, noun

Plurals:
dinge /ˈdəŋə/, occasionally dingers /ˈdəŋərs/.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch.
a. A thing, object, or matter. Cf. dinges.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 83I had often seen men engaged in making ploughs, and..I resolved to make the attempt. The people flocked around me, enquiring, ‘What sort of a ding (thing) will that be?’
1986 E. Prov. Herald 5 May 1Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys..set up his ‘lights and dinge’ in the Opera House for to-night’s opening of his new one-man show.
1986 S. Sepamla Third Generation 74And when the dingers, I mean things, go wrong, who is in trouble? You!
b. In the phrr. ou ding, ou dingetjie [Afrikaans, ou old + ding (+ -ie)], a term of endearment.
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 3Don’t look at me ou ding. Blame the white man.
1977 S. Roberts in E. Pereira Contemp. S. Afr. Plays 235It might be noisy round your place, ou dingetjie, but boy, there’s a bit of life there at least.
1987 S. Roberts Jacks in Corners 118Ag tog, why must you disturb me, Dingetjie.
A thing, object, or matter.
, a term of endearment.

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