dings

ding

1 [ding]
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:
1575–85; see ding-dong

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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
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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ding1 (dɪŋ)
 
vb
1.  to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
2.  (tr) another word for din
 
n
3.  an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
4.  informal (Austral) a party or social event
 
[C13: probably of imitative origin, but influenced by din1 + ring²; compare Old Swedish diunga to beat]

ding2 (dɪŋ)
 
vb
1.  to strike; dash down
2.  to surpass
 
[Middle English dingen]

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ding
1819, "to sound as metal when struck," possibly abstracted from ding-dong (1659), of imitative origin. The verb meaning "to deal heavy blows" is c.1300, probably from O.N. dengja "to hammer." Meaning "dent" is 1960s. Dinger "something superlative" (e.g. humdinger) is from 1809, Amer.Eng. Ding-a-ling
"one who is crazy" is 1935, from notion of hearing bells in the head.
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