- to make clinking or tinkling sounds, as do coins, keys, or other light, resonant metal objects when coming into contact or being struck together repeatedly: The keys on his belt jingled as he walked.
- to move or proceed with such sounds: The sleigh, decorated with bells, jingled along the snowy road.
- to sound in a light, repetitious manner suggestive of this, as verse, a sequence of words, or piece of music.
- to make rhymes.
- to cause to jingle: He jingled the coins in his pocket.
- a tinkling or clinking sound, as of small bells or of small pieces of resonant metal repeatedly struck one against another.
- something that makes such a sound, as a small bell or a metal pendant.
- a catchy succession of like or repetitious sounds, as in music or verse.
- a piece of verse or a short song having such a catchy succession of sounds, usually of a light or humorous character: an advertising jingle.
- Irish English and Australian. a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.
Origin of jingle
Examples from the Web for jingle
We sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells”.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
Can you imagine Bud Powell or Charlie Parker writing a jingle?Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
The 420-friendly site, “built by stoners for stoners,” allows you to mingle and jingle with—well, you get it.The Stoner's Guide to the Internet
August 6, 2014
So did a jingle lawsuit from Dr Pepper and several additional suits from the SEC.Pancakes and Pickaninnies: The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved
June 30, 2014
In the second clip, a camera follows the cast around as they sing an a capella hip-hop remix of “Jingle Bells.”Psych’s 13 Best Musical Moments
December 15, 2013
From the bar came the jingle of glasses and loud, cheerful conversation.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
With the Porters it was jingle of spurs, and stride of the horse.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
They shouted at each other in the jingle with comparative cheerfulness.The Secret Agent
She turned away, but at that instant there came a jingle of bells.Tiverton Tales
Nana was being tempted by the jingle of cash and the lure of adventure on the streets.L'Assommoir
- to ring or cause to ring lightly and repeatedly
- (intr) to sound in a manner suggestive of jinglinga jingling verse
- a sound of metal jinglingthe jingle of the keys
- a catchy and rhythmic verse, song, etc, esp one used in advertising
Word Origin and History for jingle
late 14c., gingeln, of imitative origin (cf. Dutch jengelen, German klingeln). Related: Jingled; jingling.
1590s, from jingle (v.). Meaning "song in an advertisement" first attested 1930, from earlier sense of "catchy array of words in prose or verse" (1640s).