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noun Slang.
  1. a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person.
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Origin of ding-a-ling

First recorded in 1930–35; rhyming compound imitative of a bell
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  • I rang a cow-bell to attract attention and he talked to the people: Ding-a-ling!

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    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.)).

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