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ding

verb \ ˈdiŋ \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of ding

: to dwell on with tiresome repetition
  • keeps dinging it into him that the less he smokes the better
  • —Samuel Butler †1902
1 : to make a ringing sound : clang
2 : to speak with tiresome reiteration

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Origin and Etymology of ding

probably imitative


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ding

noun

Definition of ding

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

First Known Use of ding

circa 1909

in the meaning defined above

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ding

noun

Definition of ding

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

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Origin and Etymology of ding

ding to strike, from Middle English dingen


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ding

verb

Definition of ding

dinged; dinging; dings
informal
1
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

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First Known Use of ding

1688

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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