jin·​gle | \ˈjiŋ-gəl \
jingled; jingling\ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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



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


jingler \ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lər \ noun


jingly \ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Synonyms for jingle

Synonyms: Verb

chink, clink, tingle, tinkle

Synonyms: Noun

chime(s), tinkle, tintinnabulation

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Examples of jingle in a Sentence


Bells jingled in the distance. She jingled the coins in her pocket.


I heard the jingle of bells. the jingle of change in my pocket
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pumpkin spice season has barely gotten started and gorgeous holiday collections are already jingling into our carts. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Natasha Denona Is Launching a Gold Eye Shadow Palette to Give Your Eyes the Midas Touch," 27 Sep. 2018 Goodnight Moon provides a tiny mouse that jingles along with a big moon that lights up. Houston Chronicle, "Storybooks come to life through special bond between Girl Scout and HCDE occupational therapist assistant," 24 June 2018 Irked by a festive neighborhood display, one cranky neighbor is jingling all the way to court over Christmas music. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Grinch Is Suing His Neighbor for Playing Christmas Music," 14 Dec. 2016 The Princeton Festival production of Funny Thing, through July 1 at the Matthews Acting Studio, jingles these keys in its toga. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Princeton Festival presents a wild, tuneful, stripped-down 'Forum'," 12 June 2018 Leathery-skinned women wearing jingling bangles, men in white turbans and a rickshaw driver in a dress shirt took turns feeding the injured animals handfuls of roasted chickpeas and offering prayers. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 On those nights, students can learn a variety of native social dances, some incorporating shawls, hoops, and jingling bells, as well as drumming techniques. Isaac Hale, The Christian Science Monitor, "National program brings American Indian culture to Native students," 11 May 2018 But both outperform bells by over 30 percent and avoid your house sounding like Santa's jingling down the chimney year round. Amanda Castleman, Good Housekeeping, "This $10 Accessory Will Stop Your Cat Killing Wild Birds," 23 Aug. 2017 The bell above the door — the one that jingles when a customer walks in — had been silent for an hour. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Rosa shops survived the wildfires, but aftermath leaves them struggling," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sonos’ Sound Experience Lead Giles Martin and sound engineer Chris Jenkins collaborated with Nasdaq on the task of picking a new jingle to mark the opening and closing of the market. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sonos redesigned the Nasdaq opening bell to mark IPO," 2 Aug. 2018 Some are more butterfly-and-rainbow pastel, while others have jingles and vans. Dg Fulford, Woman's Day, "Supply and Demand," 21 June 2010 McDonald’s iconic Egg McMuffin is turning 45 this year, and the fast food chain is celebrating with an all-new breakfast jingle created by a familiar voice: Songwriters Hall of Fame member Roger Greenaway. Taylor Rock, Fox News, "New McDonald's jingle created by same guy who wrote 'Buy the World a Coke'," 22 May 2018 Consider these lyrics, taken from the show’s opening credits (and sung to a militaristic jingle). Chris Morris, Fortune, "Trump's 'Space Force' Was Launched Once Before — On Television — and It Crashed," 18 June 2018 Our Kids Can team, hard at work to deliver a jingle that could change a child’s life. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Local musician writes inspiring songs for students," 8 July 2018 In 2007, a friend named Angel offered him the chance to record a jingle for a political campaign. Billboard Venezuela, Billboard, "Meet New Latin American Music Sensation D'Brilliant," 6 July 2018 Beginning in the mid-1980s, the Jive Five recorded memorable jingles for the children’s television network Nickelodeon, introducing a new generation to doo-wop’s sound. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Eugene Pitt, Doo-Wop Singer With Staying Power, Dies at 80," 5 July 2018 In May 2015, a pitch meeting at 1 Million Cups, an entrepreneurial resource, brought him to the attention of a businessman who knew Sosa was in need of a jingle writer. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Local musician writes inspiring songs for students," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of jingle


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


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jingle


Middle English ginglen, of imitative origin

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jingle bell



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English Language Learners Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


jin·​gle | \ˈjiŋ-gəl \
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.



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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