See also: ding, díng, dìng, dīng, dǐng, and dìŋ



From the pinyin romanization of the Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese 定州 (Orderly Prefecture)

Proper nounEdit


  1. (historical) A prefecture of imperial China within present-day Hebei under the Northern Wei, Sui, and Tang dynasties, with its seat at Dingzhou.
  2. (historical) A county of Republican China in Hebei Province.




From Middle High German ding, from Old High German thing, from Proto-Germanic *þingą. Compare Low German ding, Dutch ding, English thing, Danish ting.


  • IPA(key): /dɪŋ/ (most areas)
  • IPA(key): /dɪŋk/ (chiefly northern Germany)
  • (file)


Ding n (genitive Dinges or Dings, plural Dinge or Dinger, diminutive Dinglein n)

  1. thing
  2. (mildly disrespectful) thing; girl; boy (young person)
  3. (dated) Thing (historic Germanic council)

Usage notesEdit

  • The plural Dinge means things in general, or different kinds of things:
    Werte sind wichtiger als Dinge.Values are more important than things.
    Nahrung, Kleidung und Wohnung sind Dinge, die jeder braucht.
    Food, clothes and a home are things that everyone needs.
  • The plural Dinger means several items of one sort of thing:
    Was sind das hier für kleine rote Dinger?What are these little red things?
  • In formal style, this sense is preferably covered by Gegenstände rather than Dinger. The plural Dinger is also used for the sense “young person”.



  • (historic council): Thing

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Pennsylvania GermanEdit


From Rhine Franconian [Term?], from Middle High German ding, from Old High German thing, from Proto-West Germanic *þing. Compare German Ding, Dutch ding, English thing, Swedish ting,


Ding n (plural Dinge)

  1. thing

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