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[ting-uh-ling] /ˈtɪŋ əˌlɪŋ/
a repeated tinkling sound, as of a telephone bell.
Origin of ting-a-ling
First recorded in 1860-65; imitative rhyming compound Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "ting-a-ling," answered Silverfloss, and it sounded like the tinkling of a little silver bell.

  • When ting-a-ling heard this, he was disheartened, and hung his little head.

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • There, in the lighted room, ting-a-ling beheld a sight which greatly moved him.

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • This Giant, it will be remembered, was our old acquaintance, and the friend of ting-a-ling.

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • They were going down a grassy hill, and had just reached the bottom, when ting-a-ling heard some one calling him.

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • ting-a-ling stood in the middle of the bed and looked about him.

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • So ting-a-ling thought that as the King was putting on his war boots, something very great was surely about to happen.

    Ting-a-ling Frank Richard Stockton
  • Hit would go ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling and I can see 'em now stirrin in Carolina.

  • The front-door bell was constantly going ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling!

    Small Souls Louis Couperus
  • ting-a-ling—ling—ling—ling, chirped the bell right in his face.

    Little Eve Edgarton Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for ting-a-ling


the sound of a small bell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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