Dingbat definition

dĭngbăt
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(slang) An empty-headed or silly person.
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(slang) A foolish or erratic person.
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(typography) A special ornamental typographical symbol, such as a bullet, an arrow, a pointing hand etc.
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(printing) A typographical ornament or symbol.
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(informal, printing) Any of various decorative marks, as at the beginning of a paragraph.
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(informal) A silly, crazy or stupid person.
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(architecture) An architectural style of apartment building, where the second storey overhangs an area for parking cars.
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An object, such as a brick or stone, used as a missile.
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(slang) An unspecified gadget or other small article, especially one whose name is unknown or forgotten.
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(informal, former) A stone, stick, or other object suitable for throwing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dingbat
Plural:
Dingbats

Origin of dingbat

  • Probably ding bat (as in bats in the belfry)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition