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ding1

[ding] /dɪŋ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to make a ringing sound.
2.
to speak about insistently.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a ringing sound.
4.
to talk insistently.
noun
5.
a ringing sound.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; see ding-dong

ding2

[ding] /dɪŋ/
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
4.
dent; nick:
The surfboard has a few dings in it from scraping over rocks.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English dingen, dengen, probably Old English *dingan; akin to Old English dencgan, Old Norse dengja
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British Dictionary definitions for dings

ding1

/dɪŋ/
verb
1.
to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
2.
(transitive) another word for din1 (sense 2)
noun
3.
an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
4.
(Austral, informal) a party or social event
Word Origin
C13: probably of imitative origin, but influenced by din1 + ring²; compare Old Swedish diunga to beat

ding2

/dɪŋ/
verb (Scot)
1.
to strike; dash down
2.
to surpass
Word Origin
Middle English dingen
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Word Origin and History for dings

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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Slang definitions & phrases for dings

ding

modifier

Homeless: in the ding camp at San Jose

noun
  1. A blow; a buffet: We get a ding a day from the Chinese (1825+)
  2. : She got six yeahs and five dings
  3. A letter rejecting one's application for a job or interview: most disappointed in the dings that come on postcards (1930+ College students)
  4. A dent: Not a nick. Not a ding. Nary a scratch (1960s+)
verb
  1. To go on the road as a hobo; bum: When you go bumming, you go dinging (1950s+ Hoboes)
  2. To beg; bum, panhandle (1950s+ Hoboes)
  3. To vote against a candidate for membership; blackball •An 1812 sense was ''to drop someone's acquaintance totally'' (1930+ College students)
  4. To administer a reprimand or an adverse appraisal: If we dinged people, very seldom did they get jobs (1970+ Army)
Related Terms

ring-a-ding-ding, ring-dang-do, ring-ding


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Encyclopedia Article for dings

ding

type of ancient Chinese cooking or holding vessel, usually with two handles on the rim, that is supported by three or four columnar legs.

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