verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to make a ringing sound.
  2. to speak about insistently.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make a ringing sound.
  2. to talk insistently.


  1. a ringing sound.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause surface damage to; dent: Flying gravel had dinged the car’s fenders.
  2. to strike with force; hit: The catcher was dinged on the shoulder by a wild throw.
  3. to blackball: Only one freshman was dinged by the fraternity.


  1. dent; nick: The surfboard has a few dings in it from scraping over rocks.


  1. Jay Nor·wood [nawr-woo d] /ˈnɔr wʊd/, Ding, 1876–1962, U.S. political cartoonist.


  1. to ring or cause to ring, esp with tedious repetition
  2. (tr) another word for din 1 (def. 2)


  1. an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
  2. Australian informal a party or social event

verb Scot

  1. to strike; dash down
  2. to surpass


  1. a person very much loved: often used as a term of address
  2. a favouritethe teacher’s darling

adjective (prenominal)

  1. beloved
  2. much admired; pleasinga darling hat


  1. Grace. 1815–42, English national heroine, famous for her rescue (1838) of some shipwrecked sailors with her father, a lighthouse keeper

1819, “to sound as metal when struck,” possibly abstracted from ding-dong, of imitative origin. The meaning “to deal heavy blows” is c.1300, probably from Old Norse dengja “to hammer,” perhaps also imitative. Meaning “dent” is 1960s. Related: Dinged; dinging.

Old English deorling “darling, favorite minion,” double diminutive of deor “dear” (see dear (adj.)). The vowel shift from -e- to -a- (16c.) is usual for -er- followed by a consonant. “It is better to be An olde mans derlyng, than a yong mans werlyng” (1562).

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