ding-dong

[ ding-dawng, -dong ]
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noun
  1. the sound of a bell.

  2. any similar sound of repeated strokes.

  1. Slang. ding-a-ling.

adjective
  1. characterized by or resembling the sound of a bell.

  2. marked by rapid alternation of retaliatory action: a ding-dong struggle.

Origin of ding-dong

1
1550–60; gradational compound based on ding, apparently blend of din1 and ring2

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British Dictionary definitions for ding-dong

ding-dong

noun
  1. the sound of a bell or bells, esp two bells tuned a fourth or fifth apart

  2. an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell

    • a violent exchange of blows or words

    • (as modifier): a ding-dong battle in the board room

adjective
  1. sounding or ringing repeatedly

Origin of ding-dong

1
C16: of imitative origin; see ding 1

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