ding·​bat | \ ˈdiŋ-ˌbat How to pronounce dingbat (audio) \

Definition of dingbat

1 : a typographical symbol or ornament (such as *, ¶, or ✠)
2 : nitwit, kook

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Examples of dingbat in a Sentence

I told you it wouldn't work, you dingbat! a dingbat who was constantly firing off nonsensical letters to the editor
Recent Examples on the Web Also: If the minions can get spin-offs, why can’t Beck Bennett and Fred Armisen’s dingbat ‘bots have their own buddy comedy? David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2021 The kids were doing themselves a favor — young people have more of a future for Senator Sanders and his coterie of socialist dingbat malefactors to ruin. Arising from the tumult, triumphant, was the dotty figure of Joe Biden. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 5 Mar. 2020 Anne Hathaway ably fights off the Hatha-haters as Daphne Kluger, a dingbat movie star used by Debbie and Lou as an unwitting eighth member of the crew; in a movie where everyone keeps it close to the vest, Hathaway knows to play it brassy and big. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2018 Young women have been targeted as linguistic dingbats for a long time. Kory Stamper, The Cut, 29 Jan. 2018 Beyond that, there’s a New York attorney general that still aims to make time for 45 and his band of dingbats. Michael Arceneaux, The Root, 21 Dec. 2017 Yes, Klan members could seem a bunch of dingbats with their robes, rites, and goofy language of Klaziks, Kludds, Klonsuls, and, yes, a Kloran. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2017 Having already been yelled at because the block looked unpleasant in Comsat meetings, two dingbat detectives were told to go back and pick [Garner] up. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, 24 Oct. 2017 It was designed by Hermann Zaph, the same gentleman who designed everyone’s favorite dingbats font. Kjell Reigstad, Longreads, 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dingbat

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dingbat

origin unknown

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“Dingbat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingbat. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dingbat

US, informal : a stupid or crazy person


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