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[din] /dɪn/
a loud, confused noise; a continued loud or tumultuous sound; noisy clamor.
verb (used with object), dinned, dinning.
to assail with din.
to sound or utter with clamor or persistent repetition.
verb (used without object), dinned, dinning.
to make a din.
Origin of din1
before 900; Middle English din(e) (noun), Old English dyne, dynn; cognate with Old Norse dynr ‘noise’, Old High German tuni, Sanskrit dhuni ‘roaring’
1. uproar. See noise. Unabridged
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  • Wherever I went, from court to camp, from tavern to palace, the name of Nevers was dinned in my ears.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • This was dinned into his ears so often that he finally came to believe it.

  • He dinned and drummed and worried until flesh and blood could stand it no longer.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • Day after day, Margherita had dinned the name of Caponsacchi into the wife's ears.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • But they so dinned it into the king's ears, that at last he must and would know what it was that the lad did.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • As he grew older, she had dinned that big truth into his small mind.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • And the one accent that is dinned into our ears from altar and pulpit is prayer.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
  • But we have it dinned into our ears that kind hearts are more than coronets.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • Such were not the teachings of the pre; but they were the lessons that Paris dinned into my ears unceasingly.

  • What use have I ever had from this religion that has been dinned into me?

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for dinned


a formerly used logarithmic expression of the speed of a photographic film, plate, etc, given as –10log10E, where E is the exposure of a point 0.1 density units above the fog level; high-speed films have high numbers Compare ISO rating
a system of standard plugs, sockets, and cables formerly used for interconnecting domestic audio and video equipment
Word Origin
C20: from German D(eutsche) I(ndustrie) N(orm) German Industry Standard


a loud discordant confused noise
verb dins, dinning, dinned
(transitive) usually foll by into. to instil (into a person) by constant repetition
(transitive) to subject to a din
(intransitive) to make a din
Word Origin
Old English dynn; compare Old Norse dynr, Old High German tuni


noun (Judaism)
a particular religious law; the halacha about something
the ruling of a Beth Din or religious court
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: judgment


(Islam) religion in general, esp the beliefs and obligations of Islam
Word Origin
Arabic, related to dain debt
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Word Origin and History for dinned



Old English dyne (n.), dynian (v.), from Proto-Germanic *duniz (cf. Old Norse dynr, Danish don, Middle Low German don "noise"), from PIE root *dwen- "to make noise" (cf. Sanskrit dhuni "roaring, a torrent").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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