ding

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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to make a ringing sound.

  2. to speak about insistently.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a ringing sound.

  2. to talk insistently.

noun
  1. a ringing sound.

Origin of ding

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

Other definitions for ding (2 of 2)

ding2
[ ding ]

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.

  1. 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

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English verb dingen, dengen, dengen “to beat, scourge,” probably from Old English gedingan “to throw oneself with force”; akin to Old English dencgan “to knock, ding,” Old Norse dengja “to beat, hammer”

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How to use ding in a sentence

  • Of I look at so many of dem nasty dings I couldn't sleep for a month or sefen days, ain't it!

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • I have seen many weary on-dings of snow, but the one I seem to recollect best occurred nearly twenty years before I was born.

    Margaret Ogilvy | J. M. Barrie
  • 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
  • Ja—ja—I oonderstants—gentlemans might not do sich dings, und not be laughed at—dat's all.

    The Chainbearer | J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Two nurses came forward, and Elizabeth watched their bearing towards Dings with jealous eyes.

    Tales of Space and Time | Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for ding (1 of 2)

ding1

/ (dɪŋ) /


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

Origin of ding

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

British Dictionary definitions for ding (2 of 2)

ding2

/ (dɪŋ) /


verbScot
  1. to strike; dash down

  2. to surpass

Origin of ding

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Middle English dingen

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