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[ding] /dɪŋ/
verb (used with object)
to cause to make a ringing sound.
to speak about insistently.
verb (used without object)
to make a ringing sound.
to talk insistently.
a ringing sound.
Origin of ding1
First recorded in 1575-85; See origin at ding-dong


[ding] /dɪŋ/ Informal.
verb (used with object)
to cause surface damage to; dent:
Flying gravel had dinged the car's fenders.
to strike with force; hit:
The catcher was dinged on the shoulder by a wild throw.
to blackball:
Only one freshman was dinged by the fraternity.
dent; nick:
The surfboard has a few dings in it from scraping over rocks.
1250-1300; Middle English dingen, dengen, probably Old English *dingan; akin to Old English dencgan, Old Norse dengja Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dinging
Historical Examples
  • But you must remember one thing—that fellow was dinging at him for money.

  • Some distance away, they could hear the dinging of a cowbell.

  • If I'm to have any good, let it come of itself; not to keep dinging it, dinging it into one so.

    She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
  • Her smile flattered him; her frail, dinging hand flattered him.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • The dinging down of the table was the signal of the rebellious ring leaders for open war.

    The Provost John Galt
  • He doesn't, in the first place, and if he did, it would prob'ly be because you keep hinting at him and dinging at him so much.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • If it keeps the house quiet and saves you dinging at 'em all the time, I can do it, I suppose.

    Smith College Stories Josephine Dodge Daskam
  • Carefully and painfully she drew herself to her knees and, dinging to the rope, crept up the rock hand over hand.

  • The old form of appeal has become insipid and uninspiring; the ear has become dull to its dinging.

  • These were succeeded by anchor and chain-cable forges, where sledgehammers were dinging upon iron all day long.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for dinging


to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
(transitive) another word for din1 (sense 2)
an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
(Austral, informal) a party or social event
Word Origin
C13: probably of imitative origin, but influenced by din1 + ring²; compare Old Swedish diunga to beat


verb (Scot)
to strike; dash down
to surpass
Word Origin
Middle English dingen
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Word Origin and History for dinging



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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dinging



Homeless: in the ding camp at San Jose


  1. A blow; a buffet: We get a ding a day from the Chinese (1825+)
  2. : She got six yeahs and five dings
  3. A letter rejecting one's application for a job or interview: most disappointed in the dings that come on postcards (1930+ College students)
  4. A dent: Not a nick. Not a ding. Nary a scratch (1960s+)


  1. To go on the road as a hobo; bum: When you go bumming, you go dinging (1950s+ Hoboes)
  2. To beg; bum, panhandle (1950s+ Hoboes)
  3. To vote against a candidate for membership; blackball •An 1812 sense was ''to drop someone's acquaintance totally'' (1930+ College students)
  4. To administer a reprimand or an adverse appraisal: If we dinged people, very seldom did they get jobs (1970+ Army)

Related Terms

ring-a-ding-ding, ring-dang-do, ring-ding

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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