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.

Origin of tingle

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

Synonyms for tingle

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Contemporary Examples of tingling

  • The sun was strangely warm on my wrists, or perhaps they were tingling from the potassium iodine.

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  • A few weeks ago, I felt a neurological twitch, a tingling in the right index finger.

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Historical Examples of tingling

British Dictionary definitions for tingling



(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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