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



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

Other Words from jingle


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


jingly \ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jingle (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Featuring a breakaway clasp and reflective tape for safety, the bell is also designed to only jingle when your cat is especially active. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 Drag icons Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme are ready to jingle your bells this holiday season with a new version of their beloved Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show live spectacular — and EW has the exclusive reveal of the pair's 2022 tour dates. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 7 July 2022 What to Consider: The large metal zippers tend to jingle constantly, which can become annoying. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 May your medals jingle all the way through Fiesta 2022 and beyond. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2022 Most mountain resorts already score highly in the winter wonderland stakes, but some have that extra magic to jingle your yuletide bells. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 The Oscar-winner tapped into his recent role as optimistic koala Buster Moon in Sing 2 and joined Jimmy Fallon to jingle some bells for the holidays. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 15 Dec. 2021 Bracelets can jingle, diamonds and sparkles can reflect light in peculiar ways and necklaces can interfere with lavalier microphones. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Here’s a roundup of places to gawk at holiday lights and some other visuals that might jingle your bells. Interact with photoworthy moments of holiday cheer during the Joule Hotel’s site-specific exhibition. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This story has no jingle bells, no red-nosed reindeer, no chestnuts roasting on an open fire. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 This stocking is both luxurious and festive with its quilted red velvet fabric and white faux fur cuff adorned with gold jingle bells. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2021 Five years after the Chargers moved to Los Angeles, San Diego finally has a team worthy of that jingle. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Joey Capparella stuck to form with his jingle, keeping it simple. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 24 June 2022 Some Twitter users offered the company suggestions for its next jingle, while others aired their grievances with the ad. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 4 Apr. 2022 Things indeed seem to go better with Coke, as the old ad jingle went. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 July 2022 Almost no one remembers the Cutlass that jingle advertised except the despondent men reportedly in the core demographic. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 24 June 2022 Speaking of the heartland, Tony Quiroga's jingle was another American standard, based on a song about a train ride that almost everyone remembers. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 24 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for jingle


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.



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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