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[ding-uh-ling] /ˈdɪŋ əˌlɪŋ/
noun, Slang.
a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person.
Origin of ding-a-ling
First recorded in 1930-35; rhyming compound imitative of a bell Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I rang a cow-bell to attract attention and he talked to the people: ding-a-ling!

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
Word Origin and History for ding-a-ling

"one who is crazy," 1935, from notion of hearing bells in the head (see ding (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ding-a-ling

ding-a-ling 1


: to maintain the dingaling Holly Goheavily manner of life/ It's the ding-a-ling capital of the universe (1930s+)


An eccentric person; nut, screwball: The impression left by all this is that Wolman and Kuharich must be a couple of ding-a-lings/ great for teeny-boppers and cute little ding-a-lings (1930s+)

[fr the notion that such a person hears bells ringing in the head]

ding-a-ling 2


The penis; cock, doodle

[1980s+; probably fr dingus]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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