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 dings

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

Examples from the Web for dings

Historical Examples of dings

  • Dings had dropped her new wealth and was standing with a dubious face.

    Tales of Space and Time

    Herbert George Wells

  • I swear positif to de prisoner, his face, his figure, above all dings to his eyes.'


    Rolf Boldrewood

  • "I cannot tispose of dings dot are not mine," the good German answered simply.

    Cousin Pons

    Honore de Balzac

  • By dot time I had learned some dings about der monkey peoples.

    Life's Handicap

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Now this is my misfortune—I dare not speak in the house, while that jade Gipsy dings about like a fury.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

    George Farquhar

British Dictionary definitions for dings




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 dings



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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