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a variety of dingbats

ding·bat

 (dĭng′băt′)
n.
1. Slang An empty-headed or silly person.
2. An object, such as a brick or stone, used as a missile.
3. Slang An unspecified gadget or other small article, especially one whose name is unknown or forgotten.
4. Printing A typographical ornament or symbol.

[Probably ding + bat (as in bats in the belfry).]

dingbat

(ˈdɪŋˌbæt)
n
1. any unnamed object, esp one used as a missile
2. a crazy or stupid person
[C19: of unknown origin]

ding•bat

(ˈdɪŋˌbæt)

n.
1. Informal. a ding-a-ling.
2. an ornamental piece of type for borders, separators, decorations, etc.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dingbat - a silly empty-headed person; "you would be a dingbat even to try it"; "yet here he was with an upper class dingbat who just happened to be married to his sister"
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense

dingbat

noun
Slang. A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy:
Informal: crank, loon, loony.
Translations

dingbat

[ˈdɪŋbæt] Ngilipollas m
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