tinkle

[ ting-kuh l ]
/ ˈtɪŋ kəl /

verb (used without object), tin·kled, tin·kling.

verb (used with object), tin·kled, tin·kling.

to cause to tinkle or jingle: The goat tinkled its bell every time it raised its head. Who's tinkling the piano?
to make known, call attention to, attract, or summon by tinkling.

noun

Origin of tinkle

1350–1400; Middle English tynclen, frequentative of tinken to clink; imitative

OTHER WORDS FROM tinkle

out·tin·kle, verb (used with object), out·tin·kled, out·tin·kling.
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British Dictionary definitions for tinkle

tinkle
/ (ˈtɪŋkəl) /

verb

to ring or cause to ring with a series of high tinny sounds, like a small bell
(tr) to announce or summon by such a ringing
(intr) British informal to urinate

noun

a high clear ringing sound
the act of tinkling
British informal a telephone call

Derived forms of tinkle

tinkling, adjective, nountinkly, adjective

Word Origin for tinkle

C14: of imitative origin
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