ding-a-ling [ˈdıŋ ə lıŋ] n also ding|bat [ˈdıŋbæt] AmE spoken
[Date: 1900-2000; Origin: ding-a-ling 'sound of a bell' (19-21 centuries)]
a stupid person
Some ding-a-ling parked too close to us.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • ding-a-ling — a stupid or foolish person; used in a deprecatory or contemptuous sense. [slang] Syn: dingdong, doofus. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ding-a-ling — /ding euh ling /, n. Slang. a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person. [1930 35; rhyming compound imit. of a bell] * * * …   Universalium

  • ding-a-ling — [ ,dıŋə lıŋ ] noun count AMERICAN OFFENSIVE someone who behaves in an unusual way or who often forgets things …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ding-a-ling — ☆ ding a ling [diŋ′ə liŋ΄ ] n. [< the ringing in the head of a punch drunk boxer] Slang a crazy, stupid, or eccentric person …   English World dictionary

  • ding-a-ling — [“dirjalirj] n. a stupid person; a giddy person who hears bells. □ This ding a ling comes up and asks me for a dollar for the orphans. I tell her I got all the orphans I can use at any price. □ Who’s the ding a ling who painted the windows stuck? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • ding-a-ling —    a penis    Referring to the pendent position of a bell clapper:     The quads have been reporting progress on papa s ding a ling daily. (Sharpe, 1979 papa had snagged his penis on rose thorns)    Some figurative use as an insult:     I spoke… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • ding-a-ling — n 1. an eccentric, crazy or foolish person. A word which originated in the USA and was enthusiastically adopted by school children in Britain in the late 1960s. 2. the penis. This obscure nursery word was popularised by Chuck Berry s hit song of… …   Contemporary slang

  • ding-a-ling — fool, an airhead, jerk    What a ding a ling! She expects me to pay for a phone book! …   English idioms

  • ding-a-ling — /ˈdɪŋ ə lɪŋ/ (say ding uh ling) noun Colloquial a fool; idiot; eccentric person. {imitative of a bell} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ding-a-ling — also ding.bat noun (C) AmE spoken a stupid person: Who s that fat dingbat over there? …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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