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Definition ding

Etymology 1

From Middle English dingen, dyngen (strong verb), from Old English *dingan (“to ding”), from Proto-Germanic *dingwaną (“to beat”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- (“to beat, push”). Related to Old English dengan (“to ding, beat, strike”, weak verb) and Old Norse dengja (“to hammer”, weak verb); both from Proto-Germanic *dangijaną (“to beat, hammer, peen”), causative of *dingwaną. Cognate with Icelandic dengja (“to hammer”), Swedish dänga (“to bang, beat”), Danish dænge (“to bang, beat”), German tengeln, dengeln (“to peen”).

Noun

ding (plural dings)

  1. (informal) Very minor damage, a small dent or chip.
  2. (colloquial) A rejection.
Verb

ding (third-person singular simple present dings, present participle dinging, simple past dinged or (obsolete) dang, past participle dinged or (obsolete) dung)

  1. (transitive) To hit or strike.
  2. To dash; to throw violently.
  3. (transitive) To inflict minor damage upon, especially by hitting or striking.
  4. (transitive, colloquial) To fire or reject.
  5. (transitive, colloquial) To deduct, as points, from another, in the manner of a penalty; to penalize.
  6. (transitive, golf) To mishit (a golf ball).

Etymology 2

Onomatopoeic. Compare ding-dong,

Noun

ding (plural dings)

  1. The high-pitched resonant sound of a bell.
  2. (colloquial, role-playing games, especially video games) The act of levelling up.
Verb

ding (third-person singular simple present dings, present participle dinging, simple past and past participle dinged)

  1. (intransitive) To make high-pitched sound like a bell.
  2. (transitive) To keep repeating; impress by reiteration, with reference to the monotonous striking of a bell.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial, role-playing games, especially video games) To level up.

Etymology 3

Romanized from Mandarin (dǐng).

Noun

ding (plural dings or ding)

  1. An ancient Chinese vessel with legs and a lid.


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