[ ding-uh-ling ]
/ ˈdɪŋ əˌlɪŋ /

noun Slang.

a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person.

Nearby words

  1. dinette,
  2. ding,
  3. ding an sich,
  4. ding dong,
  5. ding ling,
  6. ding-dong,
  7. dingaan,
  8. dingbat,
  9. dingbats,
  10. dinge

Origin of ding-a-ling

First recorded in 1930–35; rhyming compound imitative of a bell

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Examples from the Web for ding-a-ling

  • I rang a cow-bell to attract attention and he talked to the people: Ding-a-ling!

    The Strollers|Frederic S. Isham

Word Origin and History for ding-a-ling



"one who is crazy," 1935, from notion of hearing bells in the head (see ding (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper