ding-dong

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

noun

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

adjective

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

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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

ding-dong

noun

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

adjective

sounding or ringing repeatedly

Word Origin for ding-dong

C16: of imitative origin; see ding 1
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