verb (used with object)

to cause to make a ringing sound.
to speak about insistently.

verb (used without object)

to make a ringing sound.
to talk insistently.


a ringing sound.

Origin of ding

First recorded in 1575–85; see origin at ding-dong



verb (used with object)

to cause surface damage to; dent: Flying gravel had dinged the car's fenders.
to strike with force; hit: The catcher was dinged on the shoulder by a wild throw.
to blackball: Only one freshman was dinged by the fraternity.


dent; nick: The surfboard has a few dings in it from scraping over rocks.

Origin of ding

1250–1300; Middle English dingen, dengen, probably Old English *dingan; akin to Old English dencgan, Old Norse dengja
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Related Words for dinging

knock, pound, beat, drive, clang, dent, dash, nick, stroke, thump, thrust, ring

Examples from the Web for dinging

Historical Examples of dinging

  • But you must remember one thing—that fellow was dinging at him for money.

  • Some distance away, they could hear the dinging of a cowbell.

  • If I'm to have any good, let it come of itself; not to keep dinging it, dinging it into one so.

    She Stoops to Conquer

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • Her smile flattered him; her frail, dinging hand flattered him.

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • The dinging down of the table was the signal of the rebellious ring leaders for open war.

    The Provost

    John Galt

British Dictionary definitions for dinging




to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
(tr) another word for din 1 (def. 2)


an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
Australian informal a party or social event

Word Origin for ding

C13: probably of imitative origin, but influenced by din 1 + ring ²; compare Old Swedish diunga to beat



verb Scot

to strike; dash down
to surpass

Word Origin for ding

Middle English dingen
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Word Origin and History for dinging



1819, "to sound as metal when struck," possibly abstracted from ding-dong, of imitative origin. The meaning "to deal heavy blows" is c.1300, probably from Old Norse dengja "to hammer," perhaps also imitative. Meaning "dent" is 1960s. Related: Dinged; dinging.

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