Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: a typographical symbol or ornament (such as *, ¶, or ✠)
: nitwit, kook
Keep scrolling for more
berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], goose, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dingbat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Resources for dingbat
From the Editors at Merriam-Webster
Compound Words That Used to Make a Lot...
How 'jack' met 'pot.' How 'wed' met 'lock.'
Ding an sich
Time Traveler for dingbat
See more words from the same year
More Definitions for dingbat
: a stupid or crazy person
See the full definition for dingbat in the English Language Learners Dictionary
More from Merriam-Webster on dingbat
See words that rhyme with dingbat
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dingbat
Comments on dingbat
What made you want to look up dingbat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
a trusted follower
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Difficult Vocab Quiz
Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Words from the week of 11/16/2018
This is just to say / Don't confuse them
What exactly is the 'it' being sufficed?
Taking a usage peeve to task
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Another round of challenging vocab!
(Secret October WOTD Quiz)
SCRABBLE® fans, sharpen your skills!