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
It was a silent Mass, during which neither the sound of the moving lips nor the tinkle of the bell was audible.Famous Modern Ghost Stories|Various
They hear the tinkle of bells, the gallop of speeding hoofs upon the pavement.Dangerous Ground|Lawrence L. Lynch
At this moment they heard the tinkle of the silver bowl, into which her husband threw a little ball when he wanted her.The Bride of the Nile, Complete|Georg Ebers
He supposed at first it was a customer, when he heard a footstep at the door, and then caught the tinkle of the watchful bell.Fighting the Sea|Edward A. Rand
Mr. Tinkle's princely offer was but the beginning of a series of handsome and useful gifts.The House|Eugene Field
British Dictionary definitions for tinkle
Word Origin for tinkle
Word Origin and History 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.