verb tin·kle \ˈtiŋ-kəl\

: to make sounds like the sounds of a small bell

: to pass urine from the body

tin·kledtin·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of TINKLE

intransitive verb
:  to make or emit a tinkle or a sound suggestive of a tinkle
:  urinate
transitive verb
:  to sound or make known (the time) by a tinkle
a :  to cause to make a tinkle
b :  to produce by tinkling <tinkle a tune>

Examples of TINKLE

  1. The ice tinkled in the glass.
  2. A piano was tinkling in the background.
  3. He tinkled a small bell.

Origin of TINKLE

Middle English, frequentative of tinken to tinkle, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with TINKLE



: the sound produced by a small bell or a similar sound

: a telephone call

: the act of passing urine from the body

Full Definition of TINKLE

:  a jingling effect in verse or prose
:  a series of short high ringing or clinking sounds

Examples of TINKLE

  1. <the soothing tinkle of the wind chime on the back porch>

First Known Use of TINKLE



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