Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One that is extraordinary or remarkable: a humdinger of a blizzard.

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  • n. Something that is particularly outstanding, unusual, or exceptional.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone of remarkable excellence

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of obscure origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • KING: You have used the term humdinger, saying, that when people understand all of the information about this case, all of the facts it will be one humdinger of a case.

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  • Jane, you used the term humdinger about three segments ago.

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  • KING: You have used the term humdinger, saying that, when people understand all of the information about this case, all of the facts, it will be one humdinger of a case.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2009

  • My favorite is a "humdinger" - a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom, chocolate snowball, topped off with extra marshmallow.

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  • "When we do get a rain here it is usually what the boys call a humdinger," said Rhoda.

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  • But as investigators soon discovered, this has become, in Sheriff Morgan's memorable description, one "humdinger" of a case.

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  • I choose to believe that it's short for "humdinger"?

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  • "That's going to be what Marty would call a 'humdinger' of a storm, Janice."

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  • Captain Hunniwell, after a chuckle of appreciation over the "humdinger," began to tell his friend what little he had learned concerning the Armstrongs.

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  • Meanwhile, the club's assistant manager Ray Wilkins is looking forward to a 'humdinger' against Liverpool.

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