From Middle English dint, dent, dünt, from Old English dynt (“dint, blow, strike, stroke, bruise, stripe; the mark left by a blow; the sound or noise made by a blow, thud”), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (“a blow”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- (“to strike, hit”). Cognate with Swedish dialectal dunt, Icelandic dyntr (“a dint”). More at dent.
dint (countable and uncountable, plural dints)
- (obsolete) A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight.
- Force, power; especially in by dint of.
- The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent.
dint (third-person singular simple present dints, present participle dinting, simple past and past participle dinted)
- To dent.
- Eye dialect spelling of didn’t.