tinkle

[ting-kuh l]

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
Related formsout·tin·kle, verb (used with object), out·tin·kled, out·tin·kling.
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Related Words for tinkling

ringing, tinkly

Examples from the Web for tinkling

Contemporary Examples of tinkling

Historical Examples of tinkling

  • A bell had been tinkling nearer and nearer on the road ahead.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Hark, I hear the piping of the shepherd and the tinkling bell of the wether.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It rolls on with ease, it glides as it dances to the tinkling of its anklets.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • More shots—streaks of thin red flame, and a tinkling of glass.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

  • Gold and sunlight, myrrh and incense, the tinkling of anklets.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber


British Dictionary definitions for tinkling

tinkle

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 Formstinkling, adjective, nountinkly, adjective

Word Origin for tinkle

C14: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for tinkling

tinkle

v.

"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.

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