bling

or bling-bling

[bling or bling-bling]Slang.
noun
  1. expensive and flashy jewelry, clothing, or other possessions.
  2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated with it.
adjective
  1. flashy; ostentatious.
verb (used without object)
  1. to flaunt one's material wealth; live a flashy lifestyle.
verb (used with object)
  1. to dress or adorn in a flashy way: Bling up your wardrobe!

Origin of bling

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

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.

    Rootabaga Stories

    Carl Sandburg


British Dictionary definitions for bling-bling

bling-bling

bling

adjective
  1. slang flashy; ostentatious; glitzy
noun
  1. 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

bling

n.

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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper