dingbat


ding·bat

noun \ˈdiŋ-ˌbat\

: a stupid or crazy person

Full Definition of DINGBAT

1
:  a typographical symbol or ornament (as *, ¶, or X)
2
:  nitwit, kook

Examples of DINGBAT

  1. I told you it wouldn't work, you dingbat!
  2. <a dingbat who was constantly firing off nonsensical letters to the editor>

Origin of DINGBAT

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1904

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow

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