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



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 How to pronounce jingler (audio) \ noun


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

The flowers look like sleigh bells on a handle, and those flowers, when jingled, spew yellow pollen grains into the air. Lucas Joel, Quartz, "Detroit accidentally caused a pollen crisis by bulldozing the city’s abandoned areas," 15 Aug. 2019 Choreography and dress design have evolved over the years, but the jingling sound remains, Google's explanation notes. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "This Google Doodle celebrates a dance performed by Native American women," 15 June 2019 Some of these include stacks of bangles of their choosing— vendors often attend the henna sessions with boxes of glittery, jingling glass bracelets—and small, daintily beaded bags. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Begin Their Pre-Wedding Ceremonies—Here’s What Could Be Next," 28 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The group’s three albums of R. & B.-adjacent jingles were successful, which is not the same as being impactful. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Normani and the Work of the Pop Princess," 1 Sep. 2019 The Sugarman Another victim of the Black Hood, the Sugarman, also known as Mr. Philips, was an English teacher at Southside High with a side job as a drug supplier of jingle jangle. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019 Fans who tag a friend and comment their favorite menu item on McDonald’s new jingle will also be entered for a chance to win free breakfast for an entire year. Taylor Rock, Fox News, "New McDonald's jingle created by same guy who wrote 'Buy the World a Coke'," 22 May 2018 Instagram@taytay_xx ♫ Just hear those sleigh brows jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christmas Tree Eyebrows Are Taking Over Instagram," 27 Nov. 2018 Glittery, jingle-bell covered brows are the the latest in the wacky brow trends taking over Instagram—remember wavy brows, or even better, feather brows?—but this one hits in that uncanny valley of somehow looking like a filter while not being one. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christmas Tree Eyebrows Are Taking Over Instagram," 27 Nov. 2018 The jingle helped attract business, Mr. Rafferty’s family said. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Robert R. Rafferty, 87, owned Rafferty Subaru, known for its jazzy jingle, 'All about you'," 6 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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 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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