noun (1)
\ ˈbiŋ How to pronounce bing (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of bing

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 dialectal, British
a : a heap or pile for storage a bing of potatoes
b : a storage bin
2 slang : a solitary-confinement prison cell
\ ˈbiŋ How to pronounce bing (audio) \

Definition of bing (Entry 2 of 4)

: go
\ ˈbiŋ How to pronounce bing (audio) \

Definition of bing (Entry 3 of 4)

used to suggest a sharp ringing sound


noun (2)
\ ˈbiŋ How to pronounce bing (audio) \
variants: or Bing \ ˈbiŋ \
plural bings or Bings

Definition of bing (Entry 4 of 4)

: bing cherry Some trees with the popular bings are ready for picking but are not expected to be ripe in mass quantities until Memorial Day weekend …— Sharon Moeser, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 1993 California, which represents about one-third of the nation's sweet cherry crop, will produce about 162 million pounds of cherries this season, with Bings representing about 45 percent.— Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 18 May 2011

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First Known Use of bing

Noun (2)

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bing

Noun (1)

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse bingr divided space, bin, Old Swedish binge storage room, Icelandic bingur heap; akin to Old High German bungo tuber

Intransitive verb

origin unknown



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