a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person.
Origin of ding-a-ling
First recorded in 1930–35; rhyming compound imitative of a bell
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Related Words for ding-a-lingcrazy, dingbat, eccentric, flake, fool, kook, loony, lunatic, madman, maniac, nut, oddball, screwball, weirdo, madwoman, wacko
Examples from the Web for ding-a-ling
Historical Examples of 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
"one who is crazy," 1935, from notion of hearing bells in the head (see ding (v.)).
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