[ ting-guhl ]
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verb (used without object),tin·gled, tin·gling.
  1. to have a sensation of slight prickles, stings, or tremors, as from cold, a sharp blow, excitement, etc.: I tingle all over.

  2. to cause such a sensation: The scratch tingles.

  1. a tingling sensation.

  2. the tingling action of cold, a blow, excitement, etc.

Origin of tingle

1350–1400; Middle English tinglen (v.), variant of tinkle

Other words for tingle

Other words from tingle

  • tingler, noun
  • tin·gling·ly, adverb

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How to use tingle in a sentence

  • On a night such as this new longings and aspirations swell the heart, and the blood tingles joyfully through the body.

    The Fourth Watch | H. A. Cody
  • The shock of a great, new happiness tingles through the girl's sensitive frame.

  • Sam Holt had in his own brain a strong dash of the daring and love of adventure which tingles in the blood of youthful strength.

    Cedar Creek | Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • Mr. Arnold did neither, and consequently his verse tells and tingles.

    Res Judicat | Augustine Birrell
  • So tingles the pulsing blood, perhaps, when a man is fey, when the kisses of his mouth are numbered.

    Stepsons of Light | Eugene Manlove Rhodes

British Dictionary definitions for tingle


/ (ˈtɪŋɡəl) /

  1. (usually intr) to feel or cause to feel a prickling, itching, or stinging sensation of the flesh, as from a cold plunge or electric shock

  1. a sensation of tingling

Origin of tingle

C14: perhaps a variant of tinkle

Derived forms of tingle

  • tingler, noun
  • tingling, adjective
  • tinglingly, adverb
  • tingly, adjective

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