jingle

verb
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

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 jingle (audio) \ noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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, 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, 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, 3 June 2020 The bell jingled, and one of the quartier’s restaurant people appeared, a waiter. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 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, 5 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Secondly, consumers had more jingle in their pockets. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 23 June 2021 Viewers were asked to consider a poster that displayed three 2s and one W, and to decide — while singing along to the game’s eponymous jingle — which symbol didn’t belong. Quanta Magazine, 23 June 2021 First came the fevered pitch of the warm-up speeches and the catchy campaign jingle, in English and Spanish, which rang through the air at the park just south of City Hall. New York Times, 24 May 2021 For her campaign, Flordelis recorded a jingle, which became a huge hit. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 The familiar jingle captured 3-year-old Anthony Jr.'s attention. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 The couple were featured in TV commercials best-known for their catchy jingle. Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 The couple were featured in TV commercials best-known for their catchy jingle. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 The group is also carryinga red Navajo jingle dress. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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“Jingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingle. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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jingle

verb

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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