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bling

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Pronunciation: /blɪŋ
 
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(also bling-bling) informal

Definition of bling in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewellery: look at the bling he’s already wearing on his left arm
More example sentences
  • His penchant for fast cars, castles, horses, jets, yachts, game lodges and bling is well chronicled.
  • A word about the costumes, though; far too much bling.
  • There are no sharp suits, palatial estates or sports cars; young punks are wearing the same shirt for several days rather than flashing bling.

adjective

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Denoting expensive, ostentatious clothing or jewellery, or the style or materialistic attitudes associated with them: the bling lifestyle of diamond rings, flashy cars, and champagne
More example sentences
  • The president's aggressively right-wing political and financial agenda - and his bling-bling lifestyle - has proved a godsend for comedians.
  • Its Christmas party dresses were too bling for my liking, while its Christmas ad campaign, veered into naff territory.
  • That black fedora really suits her, but it doesn't mix well with the hippie necklaces and bling watch.

Origin

1990s: perhaps imitative of light reflecting off jewellery, or of jewellery clashing together.

More
  • This term, probably suggested either by the idea of light reflecting off a diamond or by the sound of jewellery clashing together, first appeared in a song by the US rapper B.G. (‘Baby Gangsta’) in 1999. From there it moved quickly into the mainstream to describe ostentatious jewellery and flashy clothes. Such has been the impact of the word that black slang has been dubbed Blinglish.

Derivatives

blingy

1
adjective (blingier, blingiest)
Example sentences
  • You've managed to deliver a stylish smartphone that does not need to be the lightest, the thinnest, or the blingiest in the world in order to grab one's attention.
  • This handbag is blingier and bigger than the last version.
  • He presented her with a deed in her name for a 1,000 acre ranch and with the blingiest necklace I have ever seen.

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