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From Middle English dingle (a deep hollow; dell), from Old English *dyngel, a diminutive of Old English ding, dung (dungeon; pit), equivalent to dung +‎ -le. Compare also dimble (a dingle, glen, retired place).



dingle (plural dingles)

  1. A small, narrow or enclosed, usually wooded valley.
    • 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter 4
      Turning to the left and skirting this huge hedge Treebeard came in a few strides to a narrow entrance. Through it a worn path passed and dived suddenly down a long steep slope. The hobbits saw that they were descending into a great dingle, almost as round as a bowl, very wide and deep, crowned at the rim with the high dark evergreen hedge.