[jing-guh l]

verb (used without object), jin·gled, jin·gling.

verb (used with object), jin·gled, jin·gling.

to cause to jingle: He jingled the coins in his pocket.


Origin of jingle

1350–1400; Middle English gynglen, apparently imitative; compare Dutch jengelen; see -le
Related formsjin·gler, nounjin·gling·ly, adverbjin·gly, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of jingle

Historical Examples of jingle

  • From the bar came the jingle of glasses and loud, cheerful conversation.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • With the Porters it was jingle of spurs, and stride of the horse.


    W. A. Fraser

  • They shouted at each other in the jingle with comparative cheerfulness.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • She turned away, but at that instant there came a jingle of bells.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Nana was being tempted by the jingle of cash and the lure of adventure on the streets.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for jingle



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
Derived Formsjingler, nounjingly, adjective

Word Origin for jingle

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare Dutch jengelen
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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).

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