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[ jing-guhl ]

verb (used without object)

, jin·gled, jin·gling.
  1. 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.

  2. to move or proceed with such sounds:

    The sleigh, decorated with bells, jingled along the snowy road.

  3. to sound in a light, repetitious manner suggestive of this, as verse, a sequence of words, or piece of music.
  4. to make rhymes.

verb (used with object)

, jin·gled, jin·gling.
  1. to cause to jingle:

    He jingled the coins in his pocket.


  1. a tinkling or clinking sound, as of small bells or of small pieces of resonant metal repeatedly struck one against another.
  2. something that makes such a sound, as a small bell or a metal pendant.
  3. a catchy succession of like or repetitious sounds, as in music or verse.
  4. 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.

  5. Irish English and Australian. a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.


/ ˈdʒɪŋɡəl /


  1. to ring or cause to ring lightly and repeatedly
  2. intr to sound in a manner suggestive of jingling

    a jingling verse


  1. a sound of metal jingling

    the jingle of the keys

  2. a catchy and rhythmic verse, song, etc, esp one used in advertising

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Derived Forms

  • ˈjingly, adjective
  • ˈjingler, noun

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Other Words From

  • jingler noun
  • jingling·ly adverb
  • jingly adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jingle1

1350–1400; Middle English gynglen, apparently imitative; compare Dutch jengelen; -le

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jingle1

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare Dutch jengelen

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Example Sentences

Each time Gertrude’s snout found a treat in a researcher’s hand, a musical jingle sounded.

It starred the company’s CEO, standing in a field and singing a jingle he wrote.

Every few days we essentially recycle ourselves, reminiscent of an old advertising jingle for milk, “There’s a new you coming every day!”

At a young age, we performed living room talent shows to the commercial jingles, incorporated plastic drive-thru toys into our play, and had birthday parties in McDonald’s side lobbies.

From Eater

The concept had been notoriously difficult, so her teacher assigned a remix to the accompanying jingle to be presented in class the next day.

From Ozy

We sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells”.

Can you imagine Bud Powell or Charlie Parker writing a jingle?

People might be surprised that during that period “Maiden Voyage,” one of your most well-loved standards, began as a TV jingle.

The 420-friendly site, “built by stoners for stoners,” allows you to mingle and jingle with—well, you get it.

Professional jingle /voice-over artist Eddie Ganz provided the vocals.

Garnache took the proffered chair, and sank down with creak and jingle to warm himself at the fire.

Then he heard the sudden jingle of a bit, and presently a horse and rider climbed into view against the pure sky.

A moment later we, too, heard the sound; it was the jingle of approaching sleigh-bells.

Presently the jingle of harness sounded behind me, and the guns went by to take up a position on the left.

According to Skeat jingle, “a frequentative verb from the base jink,” is allied to chink, and chink is “an imitative word”.


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