noun Etymology: probably alteration of hummer Date: circa 1904 a striking or extraordinary person or thing

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  • humdinger — 1905, Amer.Eng., originally used of beautiful women; probably from dinger, early 19c. slang word for anything superlative …   Etymology dictionary

  • humdinger — [n] something extraordinary ace, beauty, champ, champion, crackerjack*, doozy, hit, hot stuff*, knockout, lulu, pip*, pistol*, smash hit, something, something else, whopper, winner; concept 668 …   New thesaurus

  • humdinger — ► NOUN informal ▪ a remarkable or outstanding person or thing of its kind. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • humdinger — ☆ humdinger [hum′diŋ′ər ] n. [fanciful coinage] Slang a person or thing considered excellent of its kind …   English World dictionary

  • humdinger — [[t]hʌ̱mdɪ̱ŋə(r)[/t]] humdingers N COUNT: usu sing, oft a N of n (approval) If you describe someone or something as a humdinger, you mean that they are very impressive, exciting, or enjoyable. [INFORMAL] It should be a humdinger of a match... His …   English dictionary

  • humdinger — hum|ding|er [hʌmˈdıŋə US ər] n a humdinger informal a very exciting or impressive game, performance, or event ▪ a real humdinger of a match …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • humdinger — noun (singular) informal a very exciting or impressive game, performance, or event: a real humdinger: Foreman s next match promises to be a real humdinger …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • humdinger — noun /hʌmˈdɪŋə(ɹ)/ Something that is particularly outstanding, unusual, or exceptional. Most of the questions were pretty easy, but that last one was a humdinger …   Wiktionary

  • humdinger — n Something excellent, outstanding. That new baseball bat of Glen Gary s is a humdinger! 1900s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • humdinger — See a humdinger …   English idioms

  • humdinger — AND hummer [“ham”dirja* AND “hama* ] n. someone or something excellent. □ Now, this one is a real humdinger. □ Yup, he’s a hummer all right …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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