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Etymology

The word is derived with high probability from dangle, as the device consists of nothing more than a cord and an appendage of no considerable weight, so the whole construction dangles.

Pronunciation

Noun

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dongle

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  1. (computing) A hardware device utilized by a specific application for purposes of copy protection.
  2. (by extension) Any short wired connector (such as a network or USB adapter) typically used with a laptop computer.

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