Etymology
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ringster (n.)

1875, "member of a (political) ring," from ring (n.1) + -ster. By 1926 as "a boxer."

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ringneck (n.)

name given to various birds having a ring around the neck, by 1876, from ring (n.1) + neck (n.). Related: Ring-necked.

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ringmaster (n.)

"one who has charge of the performances in a circus-ring," 1842, from ring (n.1) in the circus sense + master (n.).

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ringing (adj.)

"having or giving the sound of a bell; resonant," 14c., present-participle adjective from ring (v.1). Figurative use by c. 1600. Related: Ringingly.

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ringlet (n.)

1550s, "circlet, ring other than a finger ring," from ring (n.1) + diminutive suffix -let. As "a curl of hair," usually a long and spiraled lock, by 1660s. Related: Ringleted.

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rang (v.)
past tense of ring (v.1). Middle English, by analogy of sang/sing, etc.
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ringing (n.)

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.

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ringed (adj.)

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."

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ringworm (n.)

name given to certain skin diseases manifesting in circular patches, early 15c. (Chauliac), from ring (n.1) + worm (n.). Earlier it meant "an intestinal worm" (late Old English). In boxing slang, it meant "habitué of prize-fights" (by 1929).

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ringside (n.)

also ring-side, "area immediately around a fight ring or other contest arena," 1855, earlier as an adjective (1817), from ring (n.1) in the "space for fighting" sense + side (n.). Ringside seat, one close to the action, is by 1900; figurative use by 1940.

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