Main definitions of ding in English

: ding1ding2

ding1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Make a ringing sound.

    ‘cash registers were dinging softly’
    • ‘As he got into a comfortable sleeping position, his foot brushed against something that started dinging.’
    • ‘Stick an egg-timer in front of him and when it dings, dinner is over.’
    • ‘My dinger is dinging, the pasta is ready so I part it from the water.’
    • ‘The continued the rest of the ride in silence and stepped out onto their drabby floor when the doors dinged open.’
    • ‘As soon as the cash drawer dinged and slid out, the suspect reached into his waistband, pulled out a pistol, and screamed at the poor kid behind the counter to dump all the money in a bag, and do it fast!’
    • ‘The elevator dinged when he touched the ‘Down’ button.’
    • ‘The button lit up, and something above them dinged.’
    • ‘The microwave dinged again and Adam pulled out his lunch.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged and the doors slid open again, revealing a completely different world from the one they had left on the main floor of the hotel.’
    • ‘My Super Duper Creep Detection Sense was dinging like crazy.’
    • ‘The microwave dinged and Leon seemed to get a little shocked from the noise.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged as it touched the ground, ‘Of course, how silly of me.’’
    • ‘When the green light above the elevator dinged quietly he flattened himself against the side of the wall closest to the elevator door and pushed Peaches forward so that she was doing the same.’
    • ‘I was cleaning out my SPAM folder last night when the computer dinged and another email landed in the SPAM folder… asking for a dimensional generator.’
    • ‘If I don't take the food out two minutes after the bell goes ‘ding’, it dings at me again, and louder!’
    • ‘Ding, ding, ding, The ring rang out across the school grounds and all the students raced to the door to get to their lockers first, along with Loan and Tobias.’
    • ‘The microwave dinged and Andy handed the plate to Cassidy.’
    • ‘While it was baking I ran upstairs and worked until the timer dinged.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged again and the doors opened.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged and once more the doors opened, ‘This way.’’
    chime, ring out, chime out, toll, peal, knell
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exclamation

  • Used to imitate a metallic ringing sound resembling a bell.

    • ‘‘Ding ding ding, round two,’ he muttered, still bearing a grudge from the burns, and the being thrown into the seats.’
    • ‘‘Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner’ she said with a coy smile.’
    • ‘Although one conductor only a few years ago on route 75 instead of pulling the cord twice just used to shout to the driver ‘ding ding!’’
    • ‘The Wicked Witch - ding, dong - isn't dead anymore.’
    • ‘Ding, ding - it was a pity her brother wasn't here to ring the bell.’

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

ding

/diNG/

Main definitions of ding in English

: ding1ding2

ding2

noun

North American
informal
  • A deliberate or accidental blow, especially a mark or dent on the bodywork of a car, boat, or other vehicle.

    • ‘And with the exception of a few dings and dents, it looks pretty much the way it did when it rolled off the line on July 11, 1960.’
    • ‘All right, so the question is, as this data continues to flow in, and engineers are assessing what sort of dings and dents might have occurred, many reporters are asking the question, how serious is it?’
    • ‘It started as a little ding and the machine's constant vibration keeps making it worse.’
    • ‘The report we got back was that there were 25 small dings.’
    • ‘The four-ply seams won't tear or unravel, and the soft but tough 1-inch tie-downs won't put dings or scratches on your boat's hull.’
    • ‘Damage modeling is limited to minor dings and bumps.’
    • ‘Often they bounce around on a truck seat, or maybe ride in a saddle scabbard all day strapped to an unruly mustang, acquiring numerous dings and dents.’
    • ‘You stop the dents and the dings in your own garage, but what about in the parking lot?’
    • ‘It must be smooth, clean and free from cracks and dings.’
    • ‘At the very end of the line I saw a woman with a little paint brush in hand examining each machine that came out of the inspection tower for any dings in the paint.’
    • ‘Photographs show the shuttle's protective tiles has about 25 dings in it.’
    • ‘While you can bang out the dents and dings somewhat on the track, there will also be a certain amount of destruction to you vehicle that's just irreparable.’
    • ‘Does it show signs of obvious abuse, such as dents, dings, or heavy scratches?’
    • ‘After a stealth aircraft flies, maintenance workers must recoat the skin, repairing the tiny dings and burrs that increase the craft's radar signature.’
    • ‘Your nails will catch in scratches, dings and cracks that your fingertips won't feel.’
    • ‘It had a few scrapes and dings on it, so I had to get those taken care of before it goes back to the dealership at the end of the lease in 5 days.’
    • ‘My car has a few scrapes and dings on it that I need to take care of in the next couple of months.’
    • ‘Additionally, there was no forearm to protect the tubular magazine from dents and dings.’
    • ‘The Stanley Cup has suffered dents and dings and, no doubt, it has been a witness to wondrous - and scandalous - things while being passed from hand to hand at bars and parties around the world.’
    • ‘While you were drinking the coffee, the dealer's helpers were wetting down the merchandise, giving a false impression of good luster and camouflaging the dings.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Dent (something)

    • ‘In addition, new boards loose considerable resale value after they are dinged or shattered a few times.’
    • ‘Be careful when hammering the nails not to ding the wood as a scar may be the result.’
    • ‘It had dinged and dented spacecraft from day one, a maintenance headache, but not seen as a real threat.’
    • ‘If you're not too careful, you can seriously ding your motherboard.’
    • ‘Pausing only to drop my board and badly ding its nose, I returned to the car to find my friend lounging around.’
    • ‘And I haven't even dinged the car, which is probably one of the top five fears on my driving list.’
    • ‘Many would have thought that the Newspapers would have dropped their society diary author when he dinged his car against a lamp-post whilst leathered.’
    • ‘The windshield of my old car got dinged by hail once, but that's it.’
    • ‘Windshields and bumpers are no substitute for massive collisions or destructive impacts, although you'll swear these cars were only lightly dinged.’
    • ‘Simon parked in the back of the parking lot, out where there weren't any other cars, taking up two spots so some little high school twit wouldn't ding his car.’
    • ‘Right… Tell your Mom I'm sorry I dinged her car, again and yeah, sorry for being so rude earlier.’
    • ‘‘They were dinged up a lot last year, and they were really good,’ says one SEC offensive coordinator.’
    • ‘I was on lunch break one day when the guy who was filling in for me dinged a car in the parking lot and didn't tell anyone.’
    • ‘Bullet cases also get nicked and dinged by a gun, so examiners often scrutinize them, too.’
    • ‘Also be careful not to ding the edge of the panel when nailing or handling.’
    • ‘A piece of concrete scratched one line officer, and a tiny fragment of lead from the 200 gr. bullet dinged the chin of an adjacent shooter.’
    1. 1.1 Hit (someone), especially on the head.
      ‘I dinged him one’
      • ‘All spent cases landed well away from the shooters, incidentally, and none came back to ding our foreheads as some of the mini .45s are prone to do.’
      • ‘If a receiver tips or deflects the ball and a player from the opposing team catches it, it's the quarterback who gets dinged while the receiver gets away unscathed.’
      • ‘Nothing spectacular but the Saints managed just two good runs over the middle of the line even though Martin was dinged in the third quarter.’
      • ‘‘I wondered if I had gotten dinged, and maybe I wasn't thinking straight,’ he says.’
      • ‘The cornerbacks have been dinged and beaten badly on occasion.’
      • ‘And if you've ever been surfing or body-surfing, you get hit, you get dinged as you're washed along on the shore.’
      • ‘And so you just ding the enemies to death, and they're dumb enough to let you do it.’
    2. 1.2US Criticize, injure, or penalize (someone)
      ‘agents who stayed on a call too long got dinged’
      • ‘If you live on a driveway-free street and have overnight guests with a car, they'll need a temporary permit or risk getting dinged with a fine.’
      • ‘As much as we got dinged in our Q3 sales, it ended up being a good thing in the long run.’
      • ‘I think I did that in my first paper and got an A, so I'm loathe to change too much from my ‘winning formula’ but I don't want to get dinged for it.’
      • ‘Issuers who get dinged by credit-rating agencies see their bond prices fall.’
      • ‘I'm sure exercise correlates with happiness, so why not ding activities that grow couch potatoes?’
      • ‘Despite a clean program, she received required elements marks as low as 5.1 after being dinged for improper technique on the lutz and flip jumps.’
      • ‘Our format also has the dual purpose of knocking down a player like him, who doesn't get as much credit for his stolen bases and gets dinged for his lack of walks.’
      • ‘I mean, I was on my way home from school, what were they going to ding me for?’
      • ‘Essentially, he's gonna get dinged on his paycheck.’
      • ‘So, not only do you get dinged for the default on the original account, you will have an additional negative report for the second or third account (as it gets resold) for the same debt!’
      • ‘It is all so subjective; what one grader considers a good call last week could be dinged by another the next.’
      • ‘I got a few minors, and was amused to note that I'd been dinged both for being a bit hesitant and for not being hesitant enough at various points.’
      • ‘Then we could tip them for doing the right thing, which they often do, vs. only dinging them when they screw up.’
      • ‘He dings him on a couple of different points.’

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish dænge beat, bang.

Pronunciation

ding

/diNG/