- Slang. an eccentric, silly, or empty-headed person.
- Printing. an ornamental piece of type for borders, separators, decorations, etc.
- an object, as a brick, serving as a missile.
Origin of dingbat
Examples from the Web for dingbats
I thought of all these things as I listened to the prattling of the Dingbats.
One short week ago the Dingbats would have voted him a nuisance and a menace to society in general.
Now as to the Dingbats: if you do not know them you have missed something rich and rare in the golfing line.
The Dingbats formed a syndicate and covered all bets; but this was due to club pride rather than any feeling of confidence.
He is still a four man, and if he lives to be as old as the Dingbats he will never take home another trophy.
- the dingbats slang delirium tremens
- give someone the dingbats informal to make someone nervous
- informal crazy or stupid
- any unnamed object, esp one used as a missile
- a crazy or stupid person
Word Origin and History for dingbats
1838, American English, some kind of alcoholic drink, of unknown origin. One of that class of words (e.g. dingus, doohickey, gadget, gizmo, thingumabob) which are conjured up to supply names for items whose proper names are unknown or not recollected. Used at various periods for "money," "a professional tramp," "a muffin," "a typographical ornament," "male genitalia," "a Chinese," "an Italian," "a woman who is neither your sister nor your mother," and "a foolish person in authority." Popularized in sense of "foolish person" by TV show "All in the Family" (1971), though this usage dates from 1905.