Word of the day * HUMDINGER*

noun

Informal. a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect.

Informal. a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect.

Examples:

… Beethoven gave the Viennese a humdinger, something to make them sit up and take notice.
Michael Steinberg, The Concerto: A Listener’s Guide, 1998
Streep, whose speeches are perfect, delivered a humdinger of a tribute to Emma Thompson, who was receiving the best-actress honor, for โ€œSaving Mr. Banks.โ€
Michael Schulman, “Meryl Streep Pokes Back at Male Hollywood,” The New Yorker, January 9, 2014
Origin:

The origin of humdinger is speculative. It was originally American slang, first appearing in print at the beginning of the 20th century and in British English about 1926.

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