verb (1)
\ˈdiŋ \

Definition of ding 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

: to dwell on with tiresome repetition keeps dinging it into him that the less he smokes the better— Samuel Butler †1902

intransitive verb

1 : to make a ringing sound : clang

2 : to speak with tiresome reiteration


noun (1)
plural dings

Definition of ding (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sharp ringing sound heard the ding of the timer


noun (2)

Definition of ding (Entry 3 of 4)

: an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent)


verb (2)
dinged; dinging; dings

Definition of ding (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb



a : to strike or knock against got dinged on the elbow

b : to cause minor surface damage to ding a car door

c : to do harm to … has struggled of late to win customers back after reports of a norovirus outbreak … circulated in July, once again dinging the chain's reputation.— Sarah Whitten If they don't hit the mark, their review, pay, and chances at promotion get dinged.— Nanette Byrnes et al.

d : to cause a usually minor injury to On Jan. 20, Joel Embiid dinged his knee in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The ever-cautious Sixers held the big man out of the next two games with what was described as a "left knee contusion."

2 : to penalize or criticize Joseph's time hasn't been without some controversy, including recently when the state dinged the district for starting the year with several administrators not holding Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses.— Jason Gonzales Historical accounts dinged the Cadburys for not doing enough to help with cocoa worker conditions and slavery in Africa.— Michael S. Rosenwald

Examples of ding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The only thing that’s different is that the suitcase has been dinged up a little bit. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "The Best Carry-On Luggage Can Take a Beating," 14 June 2018 That film has been dinged by critics in part for its hamfisted determination to provide a myth-deflating explanation of every miniscule aspect of the iconic Han Solo character. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Game of Thrones," 9 June 2018 How to avoid getting dinged when renting a car Wochit How's this one for a summer vacation horror story? Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Car rental customers: Watch your mail for this unexpected bill," 6 June 2018 Bob Massie, the other Democrat running for governor, also dinged the administration. Joshua Miller And Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats blast Baker after adviser helped energy companies win big state contracts," 29 May 2018 Twenty yards away, men in camouflage hats and overalls bid casually on pickups and maintenance vehicles, some a little dinged up and rusty. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "In the rolling hills of Dauphin County, high rollers bid on rare, forfeited rides," 14 June 2018 Indeed, many of the men who were dinged last fall — NBC’s Matt Lauer, the comedian Louis C.K. — are already acting as the worst of the storm has passed and are looking to crawl out of the cellar, head-bandaged but still influential and entitled. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "#MeToo backlash proves misogyny still a driving force in America | Will Bunch," 26 Apr. 2018 In Ireland, the new powers will be a big change for a regulator who until recently was dinged for a lax approach to big technology companies. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Why Europe, not Congress, will rein in big tech," 15 Apr. 2018 White has pushed specific policy proposals, such as a pay raise for teachers, while Valdez’s policy portfolio isn’t well-developed and she has been dinged for not knowing enough about state government. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Primaries shapes future for candidates and their parties," 4 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add all those other backing up helpers, the dings and zings, beeps and blurps, as well as a crystal clear head-up display and the $3,200 upcharge starts to seem reasonable. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice," 26 July 2017 Homeowners today are battling a different kind of noise: the cacophony of pings and dings coming from all the gadgets inside their homes. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home," 28 June 2018 Call me a stickler for detail, but five’ll get you 10 that the reason Old Paint high-tailed it out of there in the first place is because Katy—a ding-dong if there ever was one—forgot to bar the door. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Our Tired Expressions Need to Turn Over New Leaves," 28 June 2018 Here's some footage of the smashdown from a few onlookers: According to local KHOU News, operators and machinery both escaped unscathed but for a few dings to dignity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Unlucky Excavator Gets Caught Under a Falling Parking Garage," 10 Feb. 2016 Ding ding ding ding ding -- help our partners break their acts. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Lyor Cohen on YouTube Music, Criticism From Irving Azoff & Why Artists Still Need Record Labels," 19 June 2018 Is a ding! at 30,000 feet okay regardless of request? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Never Use the In-Flight Call Button," 11 May 2018 Scores like these are typical of consumers who have moderate dings in their national credit bureau files or are recovering from credit woes suffered during the Great Recession but are now bouncing back. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Getting mortgage approval could be easier than you think," 25 July 2017 Even his simple comments of support for CREATES are something a win for the generics industry — and a ding to brand drug companies, which have successfully worked to head off earlier efforts to pass the legislation. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Ryan touts CREATES Act ‘compromise’ as part of congressional work on drug prices," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now on Friday, a Virginia federal judge dinged the site for another $4.8 million for the same infringing behavior, this time from a lawsuit brought by the American Chemical Society. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "Piracy site for science research dinged again in court—this time for $4.8M," 6 Nov. 2017 Back inside, clusters of bodies lay crumpled along the ground as ammunition dinged the metal roof of the bar near the back of the venue. Author: Wesley Lowery, Alaska Dispatch News, "Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the shots started.," 3 Oct. 2017 But a glut of new restaurants and a change in consumer spending habits have dinged the industry. Joe Gose, New York Times, "The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ding

Verb (1)

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (1)

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ding

Verb (1)

probably imitative

Noun (2)

ding to strike, from Middle English dingen

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