nouninformal North American
A silly or foolish person.
idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
- ‘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.’
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.
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