"having or giving the sound of a bell; resonant," 14c., present-participle adjective from ring (v.1). Figurative use by c. 1600. Related: Ringingly.
c. 1300, "act of causing (a bell) to ring;" late 14c., "sound made by a bell," verbal noun from ring (v.1). Meaning "ringing sensation in the ears" is from late 14c.; in Middle English also ringlinge.
Old English hringed, of armor, "furnished with or formed of rings," from the source of ring (n.1). By late 14c. as "wearing or decorated with rings." From 1510s as "surrounded with or as with a ring."