jingle

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verb

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

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
jingler noun

jingle

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noun

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

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
Guests have returned, filling the blackjack and roulette tables amid the cacophony of jingling slot machines — the sound of money. Peter S. Goodman Bridget Bennett, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Wentworth jingle repeatedly, and unfortunately not much of Mejia. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2024 Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern are jingling all the way in matching outfits this holiday. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 Finish with a chalk pen, jingling bells, and red-and-white hanging loops. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Relationship status: Single and ready to jingle. Kelly O'Sullivan, Country Living, 5 Dec. 2022 Single and ready to jingle. Good Housekeeping, 6 Sep. 2022 From sensitive Santas to jacked Santas to murderous Santas, there is sure to be someone to jingle your bells. Sidney Wollmuth, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2022 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
Noun
The series filmed in Tokyo, which came with its own learning curve, and the team was always adjusting details like what food a mother might have on hand for a late-night meal and what snack foods have a recognizable commercial jingle. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 This 1980s earworm of a jingle touted a gadget to turn your lights, your TV, or any other electrical device on or off with the clap of your hands. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2023 His favorite rap of all time: The Nationwide insurance jingle. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 12 Nov. 2023 Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas jingles 10-8 with 56,000 equivalent album units (up 7%) and Swift’s Midnights falls 3-9 with 53,000 (down 29%). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 31 Dec. 2023 Didn’t America come up with the best of all jingles—the one about the pursuit of happiness? Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023 Johnny Dang is a Houston jeweler who, in this song’s music video, appears delighted to now have the coolest jingle in the history of diamond retail. Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas jingles 10-8 with 56,000 equivalent album units (up 7%). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 31 Dec. 2023 As a kid, part of my repertoire was not imitating people but writing a jingle about them. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 19 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English ginglen, of imitative origin

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

Dictionary Entries Near jingle

Cite this Entry

“Jingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingle. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

jingle

1 of 2 verb
jin·​gle ˈjiŋ-gəl How to pronounce jingle (audio)
jingled; jingling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce jingle (audio)
: to make or cause to make a light clinking sound
coins jingled in their pockets
jingler noun

jingle

2 of 2 noun
1
: a light clinking sound
2
: a catchy repetition of sounds in a poem
3
: a verse or song marked by catchy repetition
jingly adjective

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