ding|bat «DIHNG bat», noun.
1. U.S. Slang. a gadget; invention: »

The drawings…contain an exploded view of the parts, above the assembled dingbat (Scientific American).

2. U.S. Slang. a) a strange, silly, or stupid person. b) a beggar; hobo.
3. Printing. a distinctive type face or ornament, used in headings, at the beginning of a paragraph, between columns, etc.
[< earlier ding to thump + bat club]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • ding-bat — n A stupid or foolish person. Archie Bunker always called his wife a ding bat. 1910s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • ding-bat — n. person that someone dislikes or insults …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ding·bat — /ˈdıŋˌbæt/ noun, pl bats [count] US informal : a stupid or crazy person I told you it wouldn t work, you dingbat! …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ding — may refer to: Ding (vessel), a type of ancient Chinese vessel with three legs Ding (surname), a Chinese surname (and list of people with the name) (ding) or Gnus, a news reader Ding, a webcomic by Scott Kurtz Ding , a song by Seeed <ding>,… …   Wikipedia

  • bat — bat·tail·ous; bat·ta·lia; bat·tal·ion; bat·tel·er; bat·te·ment; bat·ten·berg; bat·ten·er; bat·te·rie; bat·ter·sea; bat·tery; bat·tery·man; bat·ting; bat·tle·dore; bat·tle·ment; bat·tle·ment·ed; bat·tle·some; bat·tu; bat·tue; bat·ture; bat·tu·ta;… …   English syllables

  • 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

  • ding — bid·ding; boe·del·hou·ding; boe·del·schei·ding; brob·ding·nag·ian; clad·ding; cod·ding·ton; ding; ding·ey; ding·man; eil·ding; el·ding; fad·ding; for·bid·ding; gaul·ding; had·ding·ton·shire; hai·ding·er·ite; har·ding·grass; hum·ding·er; jed·ding; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • Ding (surname) — Ding Family name Region of origin China Related names al din Ding (Chinese: 丁; pinyin: Dīng; Wade–Giles: Ting) is the simplest written Chinese family name in existence (the only two characters that are simpler …   Wikipedia

  • Ding Hui — Born Shouchun Died 910/911 Taiyuan Allegiance Qi ( 882) Tang Dynasty (882 907) Jin (907 ) …   Wikipedia

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