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verb (1)

dinged; dinging; dings

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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


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noun (1)

plural dings
: a sharp ringing sound
heard the ding of the timer


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noun (2)

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


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verb (2)

dinged; dinging; dings

transitive verb

: to strike or knock against
got dinged on the elbow
: to cause minor surface damage to
ding a car door
: 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.
: 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."
informal : 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
The timer also dings loudly, which some users may find irritating. Caroline Thomason, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 Teams may ding Miller for being a 20-year-old freshman, but the Alabama guard's skill as an offensive talent is undeniable. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 19 Jan. 2023 Traditional lenders usually perform a hard inquiry that could ding your credit score. Tanza Loudenback, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2022 Each one of those is bent and the protective rubber is peeling off, just waiting to scratch or ding expensive wheels or other components. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Nov. 2022 Unlike Caitríona Balfe in Belfast or Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans, Hathaway’s performance as a PTA mom is not concerned with being lovable, though that may ding her in what is, at heart, a high-school popularity contest. Vulture, 28 Oct. 2022 These aren’t quite as simple to load as laying your skis down on a roof rack, but ding your gas mileage less than any other option here. Ryan Wichelns, Popular Mechanics, 28 Dec. 2022 When a store card make sense Applying for too many lines of credit can also ding your credit score, so choose carefully. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 11 Nov. 2022 The higher rates ding home affordability but also might be holding back home sales. Christine Romans, CNN, 26 Sep. 2022
While the fine seems small, the reputational ding could further hurt X's chances of persuading advertisers to increase spending on the platform, Reuters suggested. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2023 Gaetz also leveled dings about perceived weak leadership because McCarthy decided to move spending bills efficiently rather than bring up every single outlay as stand-alone, single-subject bills. Philip Elliott, TIME, 4 Oct. 2023 Later, the gauge cluster dings out of nowhere and the gearbox shifts into neutral—multiple times, for no discernible reason other than to break my reverie and pull all available attention back to the task at hand. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 30 Oct. 2023 Once the timer dings, kids open the oven and discover a fully grown, warm, and deliciously scented plush stuffie waiting for them. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 29 Oct. 2023 No more late-night pings or dings that tempt you to check your phone. Fox News, 29 Oct. 2023 In three independent but not entirely unrelated circus rings, a pair of chest-puffing rivals is moving well beyond the typical name calling and drive-by dings. Philip Elliott, Time, 29 June 2023 Note that this excludes scratches, dents, dings, scuffs, stains and color changes. Ashlea Halpern, wsj.com, 21 Oct. 2023 The stainless steel construction, meantime, handles any accidental dings or drops without damage. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2023
The timer also dings loudly, which some users may find irritating. Caroline Thomason, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 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, 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, 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, 12 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History


Verb (1)

probably imitative

Noun (2)

ding to strike, from Middle English dingen

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of ding was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Ding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ding. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to make a ringing sound : clang

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