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[ting-guh l]
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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.
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  1. a tingling sensation.
  2. the tingling action of cold, a blow, excitement, etc.
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Origin of tingle

1350–1400; Middle English tinglen (v.), variant of tinkle
Related formstin·gler, nountin·gling·ly, adverb


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4. thrill, flutter.
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  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
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  1. a sensation of tingling
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Derived Formstingler, nountingling, adjectivetinglingly, adverbtingly, adjective

Word Origin

C14: perhaps a variant of tinkle
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Word Origin and History for tingling



late 14c., "to have a ringing sensation when hearing something," later "to have a stinging or thrilling feeling," variation of tinkelen (see tinkle). Related: Tingled; tingling. The noun is first recorded 1700.

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