Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Slang An empty-headed or silly person.
  • noun An object, such as a brick or stone, used as a missile.
  • noun Slang An unspecified gadget or other small article, especially one whose name is unknown or forgotten.
  • noun Printing A typographical ornament or symbol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun informal A silly, crazy or stupid person.
  • noun typography A special ornamental typographical symbol, such as a bullet, an arrow, a pointing hand etc.
  • noun architecture An architectural style of apartment building, where the second storey overhangs an area for parking cars.

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

  • noun a silly empty-headed person

Etymologies

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

[Probably ding + bat (as in bats in the belfry).]

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