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

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 Having a new system is one less item a buyer can ding you for. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "New HVAC system trips heated discussion," 19 Feb. 2021 Both starting pitchers give some length while the lineups slightly ding them, before the bullpens let this series finish justly: a home-run barrage. USA TODAY, "Rays-Yankees predictions: Who comes out on top in winner-take-all ALDS Game 5?," 9 Oct. 2020 New taxes likely would ding business profits and discourage some investment, damping economic growth, Zandi says. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden economic plan: What Biden would mean for the economy, your finances and another COVID-19 stimulus package," 7 Nov. 2020 All of the Glorias are wonderful at their parts too, although some might ding Vikander for her accent. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Glorias’ paints smart portrait of Steinem," 2 Oct. 2020 This one from True Temper's got more than 400 glowing reviews on Amazon from customers who adore it for its innovative foam brush, which the company promises won’t ding up your vehicle. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 31 Oct. 2020 All of the Glorias are wonderful at their parts too, although some might ding Vikander for her accent. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Glorias’ paints smart portrait of Steinem," 2 Oct. 2020 The looming election could also ding the outlook for health stocks if, say, Democrats were to sweep the presidency and gain control of both chambers of Congress. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Look Past Election Blues for Health Stocks," 24 Oct. 2020 All of the Glorias are wonderful at their parts too, although some might ding Vikander for her accent. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Glorias’ paints smart portrait of Steinem," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the first, the front door of the museum has been rigged to set off a ding when opened, like that of a convenience store. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Sorrows of Black America," 22 Feb. 2021 One careless drop or ding during transit can ruin a hunt, when time spent afield must be wasted re-tuning sights, limbs, or cables. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Features to Consider in Your Next Bow Case," 1 Dec. 2020 The Pro Max was fine, while the mini suffered a small ding at the bottom of the phone. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "iPhone 12 mini review: You'll either love it or hate it," 12 Nov. 2020 But the first ding against them Wednesday came in the halls of a United States Senate hearing room – not from the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Sen. Ben Sasse calls Houston Astros 'miserable cheaters' during Amy Coney Barrett hearing," 14 Oct. 2020 But if his illness is prolonged or worsens, his 2020 hopes will take a serious ding, Schwartz said. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "What Trump’s COVID-positive presidential campaign could look like," 2 Oct. 2020 Premium waffle makers have both lights and a ding or a ring to indicate waffle status. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best waffle maker of 2020," 22 Sep. 2020 And like the Spurcycle and the PDW, usually one ding was enough to clear a path. Popular Science, "Choose the right sound for your bike," 14 Sep. 2020 Consider—the ultimate insult: park a 4000 alongside a 5000 and open a door on either car; the rub rails don't even come close to mating, and the result is a ding in the other Audi's door. Steve Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1980 Audi 4000 Needs to Cook a Little Longer," 14 Aug. 2020 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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25 Feb 2021

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“Ding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ding. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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