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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DINGE, Dindge, Dinnage, v. and n. Also in Eng. dial. [dɪn(d)ʒ]

1. v. To dent, bruise, etc. (Sc. 1900 E.D.D.; Sh.10 1949; Ayr.9 1949; Kcb. 10 1940; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.); to indent (Dmb. 1947 (per Ags.18)).Ant. 1931 Private Letter (per Fif.1):
Our temporary home is a gypsy caravan . We have become quite accustomed to dinged elbows and heads.

2. n. A blow (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 172, dinge, dinnage); the impression made by a blow, a dent (Arg.1. Kcb. correspondents 1940; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., 1924 W. Lutton Montiaghisms (2nd ed.), dindge).Uls. c.1920 J. Logan Ulster in X-Rays vi.:
A “dinge” in a bucket is a “bruise” or “dint.”

[Dindge, n. and v., appears first 1611 in Cotgrave (see bosseler, bosselure). The next appearance is in MacTaggart (see above). Of uncertain origin. Phs. conn. with Dint. n.2, or Dunch. The word is most likely a direct borrowing from Eng. dial.]

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