verb (1)
\ ˈdiŋ How to pronounce ding (audio) \
dinged; dinging; dings

Definition of ding

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a ringing sound : clang
2 : to speak with tiresome reiteration

transitive verb

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


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

That includes Harris, the doctor whose phone was dinging so often in December. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "For young investors, jumpy market presents first big test," 28 Jan. 2019 In 2001, an eBay user might have given an eBay seller a low rating for an unsatisfactory packaging job; in 2018, an Uber driver might be dinged if a rider doesn’t like his personality or choice of music. John Herrman, New York Times, "Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay," 20 June 2018 The inspector general at the Department of the Interior dinged Secretary Ryan Zinke in November for incomplete documentation of his official travel, including trips with his wife. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "VA Secretary David Shulkin misused government resources, agency watchdog report says," 14 Feb. 2018 The senior guard got dinged again Tuesday night, suffering cuts to both of her hands. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, "Denver-bound Tsimba Malonga takes control at the end as Benet slips past Young," 23 Feb. 2018 Chubb will get dinged in the draft process for injury concerns, coming off a knee injury that kept him out in 2015 and hampered his game in ’16. SI.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Running Back Rankings, Analysis," 22 Mar. 2018 If a guy gets dinged or tired or whatever, Coach Bhonapha will rotate those guys. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen on BYU’s ‘unique’ running game, Jake Browning, Cade Otton and more," 24 Sep. 2018 As long as companies stick to specific parameters — such as not buying more than 25 percent of the stock’s average daily trading volume in a single day — they won’t be dinged for stock manipulation. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Stock buybacks, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Comstock also dinged Helmer for moving to the district with his wife and two sons in December 2013 around the time he was released from active duty. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Democratic House candidate compares Trump to Osama bin Laden. White House calls it ‘reprehensible’," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gratuitous ding letter taught him two lessons that have served him well in life: always show grit and never take yourself too seriously. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "How to Handle Rejection When You Never Applied," 3 Mar. 2019 The instrument also came back with a few fresh dings. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Call to a Tip Line, and a Tuba Is Returned," 13 Mar. 2018 Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama has some major dings against it. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 Con: Butcher-block is susceptible to scratches, dings, and stains. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Butcher-Block Countertops: Pros, Cons, and Everything Else You Should Know," 15 Jan. 2019 Dents and dings are frequent bothers, these drivers say. Christina Rogers, WSJ, "Americans’ Love Affair With Huge Vehicles Collides With Tiny Parking Spaces," 15 June 2018 Note any existing scratches, dings, or damage to your furniture. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 The Making of a Giant Analysts said the wage changes are likely to result in a small ding to profitability. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon to Raise Its Minimum U.S. Wage to $15 an Hour," 2 Oct. 2018 Gordon is still dealing with a toe fracture that won’t completely heal during the season and other dings and dents. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Can Robinson Cano’s return lift Mariners into the playoffs?," 12 Aug. 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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