- to give forth or make a succession of short, light, ringing sounds, as a small bell.
- to run one's fingers lightly over a keyboard instrument or to play such an instrument simply or badly.
- Baby Talk. to urinate.
- to cause to tinkle or jingle: The goat tinkled its bell every time it raised its head. Who's tinkling the piano?
- to make known, call attention to, attract, or summon by tinkling.
- a tinkling sound or tune.
- an act or instance of tinkling.
- Informal. a telephone call: Give me a tinkle before you leave for Europe.
Origin of tinkle
Examples from the Web for tinkle
Gracie asked, running off the final notes in a tinkle of melody.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Joseph heard the tinkle of a falling blade, and assumed it to be Kenneth's.The Tavern Knight
A tinkle of cutlery and a slight jingle of glasses were heard.End of the Tether
Not until the fourth tinkle had been heard was there any other sound within the house.Shoulder-Straps
There was a tinkle at my bell, and I left her to open the door.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
- to ring or cause to ring with a series of high tinny sounds, like a small bell
- (tr) to announce or summon by such a ringing
- (intr) British informal to urinate
- a high clear ringing sound
- the act of tinkling
- British informal a telephone call
Word Origin and History for tinkle
"to make a gentle ringing sound," late 14c., possibly a frequentative form of tinken "to ring, jingle," perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to urinate" is recorded from 1960, from childish talk. Related: Tinkled; tinkling.