ding

1
[ding]
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a ringing sound.
  2. to talk insistently.
noun
  1. a ringing sound.

Origin of ding

1
First recorded in 1575–85; see origin at ding-dong

ding

2
[ding]Informal.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause surface damage to; dent: Flying gravel had dinged the car's fenders.
  2. to strike with force; hit: The catcher was dinged on the shoulder by a wild throw.
  3. to blackball: Only one freshman was dinged by the fraternity.
noun
  1. dent; nick: The surfboard has a few dings in it from scraping over rocks.

Origin of ding

2
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

ding

1
verb
  1. to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
  2. (tr) another word for din 1 (def. 2)
noun
  1. an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
  2. 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

ding

2
verb Scot
  1. to strike; dash down
  2. to surpass

Word Origin for ding

Middle English dingen
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Word Origin and History for dinging

ding

v.

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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