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

  • 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



/ (ˈblɪŋˌblɪŋ) /


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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