- 1[intransitive] to make a sound like a bell The computer just dings when I press a key.
- 2[transitive] ding something (North American English) to cause slight damage to a car, etc. I dinged my passenger door.
- 3[transitive] ding somebody (North American English) to hit somebody (figurative) My department got dinged by the budget cuts. Word Originverb sense 1 early 17th cent.: imitative. verb senses 2 to 3 Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish dænge
BrE BrE//dɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪŋ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ding
BrE BrE//dɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪŋ//he / she / it dings
BrE BrE//ˈdɪŋz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪŋz//past simple dinged
BrE BrE//ˈdɪŋd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪŋd//past participle dinged
BrE BrE//ˈdɪŋd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪŋd//-ing form dinging
BrE BrE//ˈdɪŋɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪŋɪŋ//