Origin of bling

1995-2000; perhaps imitative of the imaginary sound that light makes when reflecting off a diamond
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Historical Examples of bling-bling

  • Bling-bling the bell began ringing and—listen—the door of the clock opened and the hat ashes shovel fell out.

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British Dictionary definitions for bling-bling




slang flashy; ostentatious; glitzy


ostentatious jewellery

Word Origin for bling-bling

C20: imitative of jewellery clashing together or of light reflecting off jewellery
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Word Origin and History for bling-bling



also bling-bling, by 1997, U.S. rap slang, "wealth, expensive accessories," a sound suggestive of the glitter of jewels and precious metals (cf. German blinken "to gleam, sparkle").

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