Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ding v.1

[fig. uses of 14C SE ding, to beat heavily]

1. [17C+] to knock down.

2. [late 17C+] to break off relations with, to abandon a person.

3. [late 17C–early 18C] to act in an arrogant manner.

4. [late 18C–1930s] to throw away, esp. to get rid of contraband when threatened by arrest; thus dinging n.

5. [early 19C] to steal by snatching, e.g. a hat.

6. [early 19C] (UK Und.) to pass to a confederate.

7. [1930s] to stub out.

8. [1930s+] (US campus) to turn (someone) down, to blackball; also attrib.

9. [1930s+] to dent, to scratch; thus dinged, scratched, dented.

10. [1960s] (US campus) to reject a request for a date.

11. [1960s+] to kill, to shoot, to be shot dead; in weak use, to be wounded; thus dinged adj.

12. [1920s] (US) to nag.

13. [1970s] in fig. use of sense 1, to astonish, to amaze.

14. [1990s+] to smash into.

In derivatives

dingable (adj.)

[early 19C] of persons or objects, worthless, to be discarded.

In compounds

ding boy (n.)

[late 17C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a thug, esp. when he acts as a bodyguard or accomplice, providing the ‘muscle’ for a more skilful villain.

In phrases

ding it in one’s ears (v.)

[late 18C] to criticize; to pass on information the hearer does not wish to hear.