noun Slang.
a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person.

1930–35; rhyming compound imitative of a bell

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ding-a-ling definition

  1. n.
    a stupid person; a giddy person who hears bells. : This ding-a-ling comes up and asks me for a dollar for the orphans. I tell her I got all the orphans I can use at any price.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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