verb (used without object), tin·kled, tin·kling.
verb (used with object), tin·kled, tin·kling.
Origin of tinkle
Examples from the Web for tinkle
Historical Examples of tinkle
Gracie asked, running off the final notes in a tinkle of melody.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Joseph heard the tinkle of a falling blade, and assumed it to be Kenneth's.The Tavern Knight
A tinkle of cutlery and a slight jingle of glasses were heard.End of the Tether
Not until the fourth tinkle had been heard was there any other sound within the house.Shoulder-Straps
There was a tinkle at my bell, and I left her to open the door.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
Word Origin for tinkle
"to make a gentle ringing sound," late 14c., possibly a frequentative form of tinken "to ring, jingle," perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to urinate" is recorded from 1960, from childish talk. Related: Tinkled; tinkling.