[ ding-dawng, -dong ]
/ ˈdɪŋˌdɔŋ, -ˌdɒŋ /


the sound of a bell.
any similar sound of repeated strokes.
Slang. ding-a-ling.


characterized by or resembling the sound of a bell.
marked by rapid alternation of retaliatory action: a ding-dong struggle.

Origin of ding-dong

1550–60; gradational compound based on ding, apparently blend of din1 and ring2
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British Dictionary definitions for ding dong



the sound of a bell or bells, esp two bells tuned a fourth or fifth apart
an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
  1. a violent exchange of blows or words
  2. (as modifier)a ding-dong battle in the board room


sounding or ringing repeatedly

Word Origin for ding-dong

C16: of imitative origin; see ding 1
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Word Origin and History for ding dong

ding dong

imitative of the sound of a bell, c.1560.

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