[ ding-bat ]
/ ˈdɪŋˌbæt /


Slang. an eccentric, silly, or empty-headed person.
Printing. an ornamental piece of type for borders, separators, decorations, etc.
an object, as a brick, serving as a missile.

Origin of dingbat

First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for dingbat

  • Your tiles are loose, and the lady knows what is good for a dingbat like you.

    Nothing But the Truth|Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for dingbat

/ (ˈdɪŋˌbæt) /

noun US slang

any unnamed object, esp one used as a missile
a crazy or stupid person

Word Origin for dingbat

C19: of unknown origin
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