ding·​bat ˈdiŋ-ˌbat How to pronounce dingbat (audio)
: a typographical symbol or ornament (such as *, ¶, or ✠)

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
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dingbat was in 1904

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“Dingbat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingbat. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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