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