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 Thor: Ragnarok earned $112 million in China back in 2017, so losing the Middle Kingdom market certainly will ding Love and Thunder‘s worldwide sales total. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 July 2022 You're given your credit card number to someone who plans to ding it for repeated charges. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 When online shoppers have a bad experience, some might ding the seller with a one-star review or just let the matter go. Sha Hua, WSJ, 21 June 2022 There’s also more potential to scratch or ding your car with a trunk rack because your bikes sit closer to the car. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 8 June 2022 Analysts had worried that inflation and supply disruptions would ding GM's first-quarter results. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her win is another ding against progressives during the June primaries, which have further revealed the stark differences between progressives and moderates on addressing violence. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 With a total score of 70.62, just three points less than the top spot, Atlanta ranked well in safety and accessibility, but took a ding for affordability. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 30 June 2022 Frank had even sunk about $5,000 to get the car running again and fix a ding on the front end. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 4 June 2022 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 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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19 Jul 2022

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“Ding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ding. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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