\ 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
plural dings

Definition of ding (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sharp ringing sound heard the ding of the timer

Definition of ding (Entry 3 of 4)

: an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent)
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 QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns Drafted early and aggressively by most season-long players, Baker was shaky in Week 1 and enters Week 2 dinged up. Mark Deming, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ’Em, Sit ’Em," 11 Sep. 2019 Lawrence’s Burnett opens the passenger door and dings the car against a fire hydrant. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hit the streets of Miami again in ‘Bad Boys For Life’ trailer," 5 Sep. 2019 Still, Hawkins earned snaps here and there as the season continued and replaced a dinged-up Metellus at Rutgers. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense is counting on Brad Hawkins at safety," 30 Aug. 2019 The Oxford report dings Twitter and Facebook for limiting access to their APIs and says that Facebook only shared English-language activity, while Twitter covered activity in many languages. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Reports to Senate criticize social media giants for providing incomplete data in Russia probe," 17 Dec. 2018 That win might have come at a cost as both of their top two running backs, Michael Warren and Gerrid Doaks, got dinged up. Joseph Goodman, al, "Auburn is in for a fight; Shocking upset on tap for a national contender," 5 Sep. 2019 Quicken got dinged for some sloppy loans, the government extracted some reimbursement for that, and each side walked away able to claim a reasonable outcome. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Little question that Quicken Loans notched a big win in bad loans case," 19 June 2019 Sophomore Chance Bell also has been dinged up some. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs football notebook: FanFest scrimmage will impact who plays in season opener," 15 Aug. 2019 Answer: Such a request can result in a hard inquiry on your credit reports, which can slightly ding your scores. Liz Weston | Nerdwallet.com, oregonlive.com, "Liz Weston: What can a credit limit increase request do to my credit score?," 4 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iliad is now converting it to a members-only facility with just 60 spaces, with the assumption that more space between cars equals fewer dings. New York Times, "Private Parking Goes Deluxe," 13 Sep. 2019 Or the lake, or the riverbank, or a ding-dang swimming hole. Bon Appétit, "Top 10 Beach Snacks According to Me," 22 Aug. 2019 The only ding here is projected touches, with New Orleans bringing in Latavius Murray to play at least some version of the Mark Ingram role. Des Bieler, chicagotribune.com, "The top fantasy football running backs to draft in 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 The mock wood could be used to make ding-resistant packaging, says Lennart Bergström, a materials scientist at Stockholm University in Sweden, who was not involved in the work. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "Scientists Create Artificial Wood That Is Water- and Fire-Resistant," 1 Nov. 2018 Natural knots and nail marks on the wood flooring will hide any future dents and dings. Emily Henderson, House Beautiful, "80,000 Readers Helped Decorate Emily Henderson's House," 5 Aug. 2019 And stones that would have been used as anvils (which acquire their own signature pattern of dents and dings) are strikingly absent. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record," 24 June 2019 And if and when Jharel Cotton comes back and is available to pitch in relief, there might be some underperformance or some dings elsewhere that finesse his roster spot. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s mailbag: Bullpen travails, slotting in injured pitchers, All-Stars and more," 13 June 2019 Don't know how the wrap would hold up as far as getting dings or scratches on it. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Vinyl wraps make for versatile alternative to new paint," 17 May 2017 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, "Piracy site for science research dinged again in court—this time for $4.8M," 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, "Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the shots started.," 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, "The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall," 12 Sep. 2017

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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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