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 The train doors make their ding noise and slide shut. Ian Frazier, Outside Online, 13 July 2020 Voters from outside the comedy community weren’t likely use up a field just to ding him. Paul Grein, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022 The premise of that report is that the January 6 Committee is actually just a group of Democrats out to ding Donald Trump (nevermind that the official January 6 panel actually does have two Republicans on it). Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 Tires affect every part of the experience and ding the GLI's objective performance numbers. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2022 Such remarks could compel investors to keep reassessing their portfolios in the coming weeks, since rising interest rates will ding the high-growth stocks that Wall Street has favored during the pandemic. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Rising interest rates ding the share prices of companies with profits far in the future, by making bonds relatively more attractive to own than more speculative investments. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Up How much does West Side Story’s underwhelming opening ding the musical’s chances? Nate Jones, Vulture, 18 Dec. 2021 Some consumers think just the opposite, but your income and race or ethnicity are not used to calculate your personal credit score and do not boost or ding your score. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 17 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The creators behind the Paramount+ limited series about the making of The Godfather have opted for a bargain-basement redo of the Mad Men opening score, which aims for a ring-a-ding sense of guys behaving badly tinged with vintage glamour. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 For casual users of these services, a reality check could come in the form of a credit-report ding. J.j. Mccorvey, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 If Anna Roth Milner’s phone comes to life with a buzz or a ding, the interruption is likely coming straight from an online real estate marketplace. Sunset Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 Not hearing the familiar ding alerting you to a new Slack message Tuesday morning? Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2022 For those anxiously awaiting the familiar ding of a WhatsApp message, the distance is more apparent than ever. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 The Hawks traded this year’s first-round pick (protected if it’s in the top two) to Columbus in the package to acquire Seth Jones, so one more ding in the Hawks’ record would have helped the Blue Jackets’ cause. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 12 Jan. 2022 Each bell is assigned a ringer, who stays focused on the rope before them and fellow ringers beside them, knowing when to tug and how hard, understanding their place within this whole big ring-a-ding. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 23 Dec. 2021 The half hour begins with Lawrence settling into his new life in San Francisco — getting into the groove of his new office and recovering from his breakup with Issa, before his world turns upside down with the ding of a text message. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 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, 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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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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20 May 2022

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“Ding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ding. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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