ring·​ing ˈriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce ringing (audio)
: clear and full in tone : resounding
a ringing baritone
: vigorously unequivocal : decisive
a ringing condemnation of immorality
ringingly adverb

Examples of ringing in a Sentence

Do you hear that ringing sound? an angry, ringing denial of the charges
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ringing was in the 14th century

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“Ringing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringing. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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