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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to make a ringing sound.
  2. to speak about insistently.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a ringing sound.
  2. to talk insistently.
  1. a ringing sound.

Origin of ding1

First recorded in 1575–85; see origin at ding-dong


verb (used with object)
  1. to cause surface damage to; dent: Flying gravel had dinged the car's fenders.
  2. to strike with force; hit: The catcher was dinged on the shoulder by a wild throw.
  3. to blackball: Only one freshman was dinged by the fraternity.
  1. dent; nick: The surfboard has a few dings in it from scraping over rocks.

Origin of ding2

1250–1300; Middle English dingen, dengen, probably Old English *dingan; akin to Old English dencgan, Old Norse dengja


  1. Jay Nor·wood [nawr-woo d] /ˈnɔr wʊd/,Ding,1876–1962, U.S. political cartoonist.
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Examples from the Web for ding

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  • Gol ding yeh, I'll shove this knife in behind your ear if you don't tell!

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • She must get through the day without him, ding, dong, she must get through all the years!

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey

  • Ding it all to gosh, here it is after one o'clock an' you still talkin'.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • The word of command for all hands to begin their work is ‘Ding!’

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

  • When fishermen throw their catch down into the hold, they are said to ding it.

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

British Dictionary definitions for ding


  1. to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
  2. (tr) another word for din 1 (def. 2)
  1. an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
  2. Australian informal a party or social event

Word Origin

C13: probably of imitative origin, but influenced by din 1 + ring ²; compare Old Swedish diunga to beat


verb Scot
  1. to strike; dash down
  2. to surpass

Word Origin

Middle English dingen


  1. a person very much loved: often used as a term of address
  2. a favouritethe teacher's darling
adjective (prenominal)
  1. beloved
  2. much admired; pleasinga darling hat

Word Origin

Old English dēorling; see dear, -ling 1


  1. Grace. 1815–42, English national heroine, famous for her rescue (1838) of some shipwrecked sailors with her father, a lighthouse keeper
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Word Origin and History for ding


1819, "to sound as metal when struck," possibly abstracted from ding-dong, of imitative origin. The meaning "to deal heavy blows" is c.1300, probably from Old Norse dengja "to hammer," perhaps also imitative. Meaning "dent" is 1960s. Related: Dinged; dinging.


Old English deorling "darling, favorite minion," double diminutive of deor "dear" (see dear (adj.)). The vowel shift from -e- to -a- (16c.) is usual for -er- followed by a consonant. "It is better to be An olde mans derlyng, than a yong mans werlyng" (1562).

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