Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To ring; clang.
  • intransitive v. To speak persistently and repetitiously.
  • transitive v. To cause to clang, as by striking.
  • transitive v. To instill with constant repetition: dinged advice into my head.
  • n. A ringing sound.
  • n. Informal A small dent or nick, as in the body of a car.
  • transitive v. To dent or nick.
  • transitive v. To hit or strike: was dinged on the head by a ball.
  • transitive v. Slang To shoot, especially with a gun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Very minor damage, a small dent or chip.
  • n. A rejection.
  • v. To sound, as a bell; to ring; to clang.
  • v. To hit or strike.
  • v. To inflict minor damage upon, especially by hitting or striking.
  • v. To fire or reject.
  • v. To deduct, as points, from another, in the manner of a penalty.
  • v. To mishit (a golf ball).
  • v. To eliminate a speller from a spelling bee by ringing (dinging) a bell.
  • n. A high-pitched sound of a bell, especially with wearisome continuance.
  • v. To make high-pitched sound like a bell.
  • v. To keep repeating; impress by reiteration, with reference to the monotonous striking of a bell.
  • v. To level up
  • n. Ancient Chinese vessel with legs and a lid; also called ting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thump or stroke, especially of a bell.
  • intransitive v. To strike; to thump; to pound.
  • intransitive v. To sound, as a bell; to ring; to clang.
  • intransitive v. To talk with vehemence, importunity, or reiteration; to bluster.
  • transitive v. To dash; to throw violently.
  • transitive v. To cause to sound or ring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike; beat; throw or dash with violence.
  • To prove too much for; beat; nonplus.
  • To beat; thrash.
  • To strike.
  • To bluster; storm.
  • To descend; fall; come down: used as in the phrase “It's dingin' on,” applied to a fall of rain or snow.
  • To be defeated or overturned; yield.
  • To sound, as a bell; ring, especially with wearisome continuance.
  • To keep repeating; impress by reiteration: with reference to the monotonous striking of a bell.
  • Same as dang.
  • n. An obsolete variant of dung.Compare dingy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
  • n. a ringing sound
  • v. go `ding dong', like a bell

Etymologies

Partly imitative and partly alteration of din.
From ding, to strike, beat on, pound (from Middle English dingen; akin to Old Norse dengja) and from ding1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 *dangijanan (“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"). (Wiktionary)
(onomatopoeia). Compare ding-dong, (Wiktionary)
Romanized from Mandarin  (dǐng) (Wiktionary)

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  • "11. An obsolete variant of dung. Compare dingy." --Cent. Dict.

    April 22, 2011

    • My squeeze uses ding:
    • for just about any word;
    • when she/I/we is/am/are ready for sex (like the sound of the microwave when that's ready);
    • (v.) for coition itself;
    • (adj. or adv.) anything associated with coition.

    July 25, 2008

  • hi friend

    the toe plays a very important role to hold a ding in your hand, the best ding for blisters is a product called skin, which you should be able to pick up at a drug store. you put the second skin over the blister than use a couple band aids to keep it in place and you won't even know it's there anymore, skin problem normally occur in the toe so please keep concentrate on it and fat ness will remove

    January 9, 2007

  • January 9, 2007