jingle

verb
jin·​gle | \ ˈjiŋ-gəl How to pronounce jingle (audio) \
jingled; jingling\ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce jingling (audio) \

Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a light clinking or tinkling sound
2 : to rhyme or sound in a catchy repetitious manner

transitive verb

: to cause to jingle

jingle

noun

Definition of jingle (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a light clinking or tinkling sound
b : a catchy repetition of sounds in a poem
2a : something that jingles
b : a short verse or song marked by catchy repetition

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Other Words from jingle

Verb

jingler \ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce jingler (audio) \ noun

Noun

jingly \ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jingly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for jingle

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of jingle in a Sentence

Verb Bells jingled in the distance. She jingled the coins in her pocket. Noun I heard the jingle of bells. the jingle of change in my pocket
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After 58 days of historic quiet, cards will be cut, dice will roll and jackpots can jingle again 12:01 a.m. Thursday at casinos in Las Vegas and Nevada. Ken Ritter, The Denver Post, "Nevada betting on health safety as Las Vegas casinos reopen," 3 June 2020 Over at the Radiant Assembly of God, Sister Alice spins her latest sermon, the collection plates jingle with the generosity of her faithful congregation, and Perry Mason waits for a meeting with her holiness. Matt Cabral, EW.com, "Perry Mason recap: Paul Drake delivers a new clue with some serious bite," 6 July 2020 After 58 days of historic quiet, cards will be cut, dice will roll, and jackpots can jingle again at 12:01 a.m. Thursday in casinos in Las Vegas and Nevada. BostonGlobe.com, "The Latest: Tennessee’s Dollywood parks to open in mid-June," 3 June 2020 The bell jingled, and one of the quartier’s restaurant people appeared, a waiter. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album jingles 8-4 on the Billboard 200, tallying 71,000 equivalent album units (up 40%). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Harry Styles' 'Fine Line' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 29 Dec. 2019 Tree jingled her way to the next round, leaving Butterfly and Thingamajig to battle it out in the showdown round. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "The Masked Singer Season 1 Champ T-Pain Guesses Thingamajig Is John Legend — 'on Stilts'," 10 Dec. 2019 With the new chart reflecting the tracking week of Dec. 27, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020, most Christmas albums jingle their way down (or off) the chart. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Travis Scott-Led 'Jackboys' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, As Christmas Albums Depart Chart," 5 Jan. 2020 And on Tuesday’s episode, audiences saw the remaining six competitors perform during the same episode for the first time this season before the Tree jingled all the way home. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "The Masked Singer," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sing-a-long version of her 2-minute jingle features little children diligently washing their hands, sporting face masks on walks with their parents and bike rides with one another, and maintaining six feet apart from each other. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "A Song About Handwashing Won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest," 4 Aug. 2020 An infant boy who survived a shooting last year that left his parents and 21 others dead now likes to thumb through picture books and dance to a Batman jingle with his grandmother, according to an uncle who helps care for the 1-year-old. Morgan Lee, Star Tribune, "Orphaned toddler grows up in shadow of massacre, coronavirus," 2 Aug. 2020 The typically infectious, cheery jingle for the I-X Indoor Amusement Park got an emo musical makeover when local musician Eric Egan (singer-guitarist of rock band Heart Attack Man) created a cover. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "You have to hear this emo cover of the I-X Indoor Amusement Park jingle," 6 July 2020 The jolly opening jingle – dunnt-dunnt, dunnt-dunnt …. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, "Why do I love sports? Because the song from 'This Week in Baseball' still gives me goosebumps," 23 June 2020 On Tuesday, Subway published a video staring pop star Charlie Puth and revealed a new jingle for the promo. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Who needs economists? The real way to tell we’re in a recession is that Subway’s $5 footlong is back," 19 June 2020 Except that Harry, who has been coasting for years on the cash from his one hit commercial jingle, is a not-so-secret alcoholic. New York Times, "‘Darling Grenadine’ Review: A Retro Cocktail With Little Kick," 11 Feb. 2020 Saturday Night Live has come up with quite a list of its own Christmas parody jingles. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "'Saturday Night Live' Shares Decade-Spanning Christmas Montage Masterpiece: Watch," 26 Dec. 2019 The two have been partners in music since their days of him writing and her singing local commercial jingles. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Clevelander Jim Brickman brings his annual Christmas show to his hometown," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of jingle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jingle

Verb

Middle English ginglen, of imitative origin

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The first known use of jingle was in the 14th century

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8 Aug 2020

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“Jingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingle. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for jingle

jingle

verb
How to pronounce jingle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause (something) to make a light ringing sound

jingle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jingle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light ringing sound that is made when metal objects hit each other
: a short song that is easy to remember and that is used to help sell a product on television or radio

jingle

verb
jin·​gle | \ ˈjiŋ-gəl How to pronounce jingle (audio) \
jingled; jingling

Kids Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make a light ringing sound Coins jingled in his pocket.

jingle

noun

Kids Definition of jingle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light clinking sound
2 : a short catchy verse or song used to help sell a product

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