Definition of ding-dong in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdiNGdôNG/ /ˈdɪŋdɔŋ/

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informal North American
  • A silly or foolish person.

    • ‘After all, who else deserves public recognition for dealing with those ding-alings, dingbats, and ding-dongs who dial you for answers to really dumb questions.’
    idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod


  • With the simple alternate chimes of a bell.

    • ‘the church bells go ding-dong’


  • 1Resembling the simple alternate chimes of a bell.

    • ‘he heard the ding-dong tones on the aircraft’
  • 2British informal (of a contest) evenly matched and hard fought.

    • ‘the game was an exciting ding-dong battle’


Mid 16th century imitative.