adjective, tin·kli·er, tin·kli·est.

tinkling or producing a tinkling sound.

Origin of tinkly

First recorded in 1890–95; tinkle + -y1
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Historical Examples of tinkly

  • Jerry looked at her curiously; there was something familiar in that tinkly laugh.


    Dorothy Whitehill

  • Her laugh was sweet and tinkly, like the upper notes of a spinet.

    IT and Other Stories

    Gouverneur Morris

  • It was a tinkly, reedy instrument, for none of that household had any turn for music.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • It was interesting in its way as a souvenir, but sounded weak and tinkly.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife

    Mary King Waddington

  • She trembled: the glass fell to the floor with a tinkly crash.

    The Voice on the Wire

    Eustace Hale Ball