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  • IPA(key): /ˈdʌŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋ
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Etymology 1

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From Middle English dung, dunge, donge, from Old English dung (dung; excrement; manure), from Proto-Germanic *dungō (dung), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰengʰ- (to cover).

Noun

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dung (countable and uncountable, plural dungs)

  1. (uncountable) Manure; animal excrement.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iv], line 129:
      Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt, and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of the standing pool []
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Malachi 2:3:
      Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 496:
      The labourer at the dung cart is paid at 3d. or 4d. a day; and on one estate, Lullington, scattering dung is paid a 5d. the hundred heaps.
  2. (countable) A type of manure, as from a particular species or type of animal.
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Verb

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dung (third-person singular simple present dungs, present participle dunging, simple past and past participle dunged)

  1. (transitive) To fertilize with dung.
  2. (transitive, calico printing) To immerse or steep, as calico, in a bath of hot water containing cow dung, done to remove the superfluous mordant.
  3. (intransitive) To release dung: to defecate.
    • 1669, John Baptiſta Porta, chapter V, in Natural Magick[1], The Third Book Of Natural Magick: [] , page 68:
      [] for hungry birds have devoured ſeeds, and having moiſtened and warmed them in their bellies, a little after have dunged in the forky twiſtes of Trees, and together with their dung excluded the ſeed whole which erſt they had ſwallowed: and ſometimes it brings forth there where they dung it, []
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Etymology 2

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See ding

Verb

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dung

  1. (obsolete) past participle of ding

Etymology 3

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unknown

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dung (third-person singular simple present dungs, present participle dunging, simple past and past participle dunged)

  1. (colloquial) To discard (especially rubbish); to chuck out.

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Onomatopeia

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dung

  1. Alternative spelling of dong (sound of a bell)

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Middle English

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Etymology 1

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Noun

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dung

  1. Alternative form of donge (dung)

Etymology 2

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Noun

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dung

  1. Alternative form of donge (Hell)

Old English

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Etymology 1

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From Proto-West Germanic *dung (cellar).

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Noun

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dung f (nominative plural dyng)

  1. dungeon, prison
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  • Middle English: donge, dung, dunge
  • Middle English: dongeoun (partly)

Etymology 2

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From Proto-Germanic *dungō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰengʰ- (to cover).

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Noun

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dung f

  1. dung, manure
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Old Saxon

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From Proto-West Germanic *dung (cellar).

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dung m or f

  1. weaving, weavingroom

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Vietnamese

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  • (Northern Vietnam) dong

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Sino-Vietnamese word from (to tolerate; facial traits). Also from Chinese 婦容妇容 (phụ dung, wifely look).

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dung

  1. (archaic or literary) to tolerate
    trời không dung, đất không tha
    the sky doesn't tolerate it, the earth doesn't forgive it

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dung

  1. (Confucianism) beauty, one of the tứ đức (four virtues) that women are supposed to have

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