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

Sophomore Chance Bell also has been dinged up some. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs football notebook: FanFest scrimmage will impact who plays in season opener," 15 Aug. 2019 Answer: Such a request can result in a hard inquiry on your credit reports, which can slightly ding your scores. Liz Weston | Nerdwallet.com, oregonlive.com, "Liz Weston: What can a credit limit increase request do to my credit score?," 4 Aug. 2019 Analysis: Biden's image as the inevitable nominee, the one to beat Trump, was dinged Thursday The list of 2020 candidates: Who is running for president? William Cummings, USA TODAY, "When is the next Democratic primary debate?: July 30 and 31 in Detroit," 28 June 2019 Mayfield, who has dinged the Giants fan base and brain trust in separate comments this offseason, is one of the game's bright stars. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. on trade: Giants 'thought they'd send me here to die'," 16 Aug. 2019 Kelly has often been the second quarterback up over the last two practices, and when Brissett was dinged up Sunday — the result of a collision with Turay in the pocket — Kelly took over with the first team. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts camp observations: Indianapolis offensive line must be better in running game," 11 Aug. 2019 Soon after, Samsung removed all its earlier ads that dinged Apple from YouTube. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple’s Push Beyond Devices Gains Momentum With Latest Moves in Credit Cards and Health," 10 Aug. 2019 Although Denver got dinged for longer commute times and slightly higher crime rates, what pushed it down the most in the ranking was a higher relative cost of living. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Denver only city to get top props from Boomers, Gen Xers and millennials in survey," 10 Aug. 2019 Westlake Chemical saw profits plunge by 58 percent in second quarter as lower sales prices and global economic uncertainty dinged its earnings again. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Lower chemical prices hurt Westlake's profits," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or the lake, or the riverbank, or a ding-dang swimming hole. Bon Appétit, "Top 10 Beach Snacks According to Me," 22 Aug. 2019 The only ding here is projected touches, with New Orleans bringing in Latavius Murray to play at least some version of the Mark Ingram role. Des Bieler, chicagotribune.com, "The top fantasy football running backs to draft in 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 The mock wood could be used to make ding-resistant packaging, says Lennart Bergström, a materials scientist at Stockholm University in Sweden, who was not involved in the work. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "Scientists Create Artificial Wood That Is Water- and Fire-Resistant," 1 Nov. 2018 Natural knots and nail marks on the wood flooring will hide any future dents and dings. Emily Henderson, House Beautiful, "80,000 Readers Helped Decorate Emily Henderson's House," 5 Aug. 2019 And stones that would have been used as anvils (which acquire their own signature pattern of dents and dings) are strikingly absent. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record," 24 June 2019 And if and when Jharel Cotton comes back and is available to pitch in relief, there might be some underperformance or some dings elsewhere that finesse his roster spot. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s mailbag: Bullpen travails, slotting in injured pitchers, All-Stars and more," 13 June 2019 Don't know how the wrap would hold up as far as getting dings or scratches on it. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Vinyl wraps make for versatile alternative to new paint," 17 May 2017 Two young men, slotted into the lightest weight class, started off the night at the ding of a bell. Michael Colborne, The New Republic, "Friday Night Fights With Ukraine’s Far Right," 9 July 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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