A stupid or eccentric person: A typographical device other than a letter or numeral (such as an asterisk), used to signal divisions in text or to replace letters in a euphemistically presented vulgar word.
Mid 19th century (in early use applied to various vaguely specified objects): origin uncertain; perhaps based on ding. dingbat is probably by association with ‘having bats in the belfry’.
“Hopefully the rightwing-o-sphere’s infatuation with this dingbat will be over soon.”
“I still find it funny when I come across an obscenity which has been the victim of a literary bleep; using a couple of dingbats in a four letter word does not lessen its impact.”
Manage to obtain (something, or information) by using persuasion or guile: Steal (something) in a violent robbery or raid.
With its origin coming from the French blaguer ‘tell lies’ this word is also used as a noun: An act of using persuasion or guile to obtain something: A violent robbery or raid.
Affectedly dainty behaviour, primness: Speaking in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips.
First used in the mid eighteenth century and attributed to David Garrick (1717–1779), actor and playwright mimping has fallen out of use and is now considered archaic.