[ ting-guhl ]
/ ˈtɪŋ gəl /

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

to have a sensation of slight prickles, stings, or tremors, as from cold, a sharp blow, excitement, etc.: I tingle all over.
to cause such a sensation: The scratch tingles.


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

Nearby words

  1. ting,
  2. ting ling,
  3. ting-a-ling,
  4. tinge,
  5. tinged,
  6. tingley,
  7. tingly,
  8. tinhorn,
  9. tinia,
  10. tinian

Origin of tingle

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

Related formstin·gler, nountin·gling·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for tingling


/ (ˈtɪŋɡəl) /


(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


a sensation of tingling
Derived Formstingler, nountingling, adjectivetinglingly, adverbtingly, adjective

Word Origin for tingle

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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