[ 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.



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Origin of tinkle

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


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

/ (ˈtɪŋkəl) /


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


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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