1819, "to sound as metal when struck," possibly abstracted from ding-dong, of imitative origin. The meaning "to deal heavy blows" is c. 1300, probably from Old Norse dengja "to hammer," perhaps also imitative. Meaning "dent" is 1960s. Related: Dinged; dinging.
1. My two daughters had a ding-dong.
2. "Ding-dong," went the doorbell.
3. I got a ding in my rear fender.
4. I rang the doorbell. Ding-dong! No answer.
5. Ding Ling was good at portraying figures through careful and refined description of human psychology.