\ 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
plural dings

Definition of ding (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sharp ringing sound heard the ding of the timer

Definition of ding (Entry 3 of 4)

: an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent)
dinged; dinging; dings

Definition of ding (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1 informal
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 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: Verb New Arkansas coach Sam Pittman has a difficult road ahead in filling out a class already dinged by the Razorbacks' horrible season, though getting four-star defensive back Myles Slusher out of Oklahoma is a good start. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "National signing day winners and losers led by Clemson, Ohio State and Southern California," 19 Dec. 2019 Simons has dinged the mayor for overseeing a region that trails other large cities in affordable housing and wages. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Buddy Dyer is seeking a 5th full term as mayor. Can Sam Ings or Aretha Simons topple him?," 15 Oct. 2019 To make matters worse, many of those same employees found their accounts had been dinged twice, leaving their bank accounts in the red. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "FBI investigates payroll company accused of stiffing $35M from small businesses," 13 Sep. 2019 He only would have been deployed if one of the six defenseman got dinged. BostonGlobe.com, "A few thoughts, a few shots, and a puck or two over the glass following the Bruins’ 4-2 loss Friday night in Detroit:," 10 Nov. 2019 The softball program got dinged for a tweet revealing new uniforms and listed the apparel company’s name. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al.com, "Alabama reported 16 minor NCAA violations last year," 5 July 2019 It's recently been updated to work with Alexa and have a larger range for dinging the Tile. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The best deals you can get today during Amazon's 12 Days of Deals," 10 Dec. 2019 The store may be concerned about shopping carts dinging cars, or any number of things. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Not the right gift?," 7 Dec. 2019 Some improvement is needed: Video posted on social media show one Tesla that can’t tell the difference between grass and asphalt, and another that almost dinged another car, and yet another that actually did. Wired, "Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Staying healthy and avoiding injuries is the primary tenet of the TB12 business, and Brady doesn’t seem thrilled that the Patriots keep telling the world about all of his little dings. BostonGlobe.com, "Few people would disagree that the Oakland Coliseum is not up to today’s standards for an NFL stadium.," 15 Dec. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 Anyone who uses tech has already given up some privacy as the cost of admission to our efficient, mobile world, with all its pings, dings, and buzzes. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Amazon Dives Headfirst Into the Techlash," 26 Sep. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Anchorage Daily News, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 24 Sep. 2019 That should take the dings out, but maybe something more like the Espresso Mud body treatment ($215), the Lemon Verbena treatment ($215), or a Salt Scrub ($185), to put you over the top. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "Have a sinfully good time at Heavenly’s winter wonderland," 25 Nov. 2019 Also, failing to pay on time can result in a ding to your credit score, as payment history accounts for a large part of scoring. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Follow these tips to survive the holidays without (too much) financial fallout," 24 Nov. 2019 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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14 Jan 2020

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“Ding.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ding. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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