- to make a sound like that of a bell; ring
- Slang to strike; hit
Origin of dingMiddle English dingen, to strike, beat ; from Scandinavian (as in Old Norse dengja, to hammer): see dint
- to make ring
- Informal to repeat insistently or tiresomely; din
- ⌂ Informal
- to make a small dent in
- to injure slightly: to be dinged from a fall from a bicycle
- the sound of a bell
- ⌂ Informal a small dent
- Slang ding-a-ling
verbdinged, ding·ing, dings
- To ring; clang.
- To speak persistently and repetitiously.
- To cause to clang, as by striking.
- To instill with constant repetition: dinged advice into my head.
Origin of dingPartly imitative and partly alteration of din.
transitive verbdinged, ding·ing, dings
- To dent or nick.
- To hit or strike: was dinged on the head by a ball.
- Slang To shoot, especially with a gun.
Origin of dingFrom ding, to strike, beat on, pound (from Middle English dingen; akin to Old Norse dengja) and from ding1.
- (informal) Very minor damage, a small dent or chip.
- (colloquial) A rejection.
- (colloquial) To fire or reject.
- His top school dinged him last week.
- (colloquial) To deduct, as points, from another, in the manner of a penalty.
- My bank dinged me three bucks for using their competitor's ATM.
- (golf) To mishit (a golf ball).
From Middle English dingen, dyngen (strong verb), perhaps from the merger of Old English dengan (“ to ding, beat, strike”, weak verb) and Old Norse dengja (“to hammer”, weak verb); both from Proto-Germanic *dangijaną (“to beat, hammer, peen”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- (“to beat, push”). Cognate with Icelandic dengja (“to hammer”), Swedish dänga (“to bang, beat”), Danish dænge (“to bang, beat”), German tengeln, dengeln (“to peen”).
- A high-pitched sound of a bell, especially with wearisome continuance.
(third-person singular simple present dings, present participle dinging, simple past and past participle dinged)
- (intransitive) To make high-pitched sound like a bell.
- To keep repeating; impress by reiteration, with reference to the monotonous striking of a bell.
- (intransitive, colloquial, gaming) To level up
Onomatopoeic. Compare ding-dong,
Romanized from Mandarin 鼎 (dǐng)