jingle

verb
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

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 jingler (audio) \ noun

Noun

jingly \ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jingly (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 One Hallmark Christmas movie lover will jingle all the way to the bank this holiday season. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "One Hallmark Fan Can Win $1,000 for Binge-Watching 24 Christmas Movies in 12 Days," 15 Nov. 2019 All your seasonal favorites played with one of a kind special effects and jingling bells of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Holiday Guide 2019: Christmas lights, trains, Santa and other holiday events in Cincinnati," 14 Nov. 2019 On a rod attached to the harnesses of the lead horses often hung a series of small bells that jingled as the wagons moved along. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: Conestoga wagon an appropriate image for Carroll County seal," 11 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Allworth Financial, Cincinnati Enquirer Holiday shoppers beware: Signing up for instant credit could quickly turn into a jingle hell. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "These credit card offers seem great. Expert calls them 'bait-and-switch'," 13 Nov. 2019 She is known for her gifts in traditional dance, jingle dance and Native-American flute. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: Veterans to be honored with flute and dance performance, VFW Post event, Wreaths Across America," 6 Nov. 2019 Part animation, part live action — all of it morbid — the film, produced in conjunction with the National Education Association, opens with a two-bit jingle sung over a pizzicato bass. John Hirschauer, National Review, "The Needless Trauma of Active-Shooter Drills," 24 Oct. 2019 The soundtrack of my childhood in rural Perry, Okla., was the Braum’s jingle, played over the early 1990s TV commercials that played ad infinitum: From our farm to our store, only Braum’s gives you more. Los Angeles Times, "Braum’s is the best burger joint. You’ll wish you were here," 23 Oct. 2019 The spurs are a jingle-jangling a little bit deep in the heart of Texas. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "It’s an Alabama showcase on Texas’ big weekend," 9 Oct. 2019 Unlike a jingle, which hits people over the head and is meant to be jarring and interruptive, this would be different: a Pavlovian-style background noise, a brand’s signature sound. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 Throughout the week of the grand re-opening, the company will hold a social media contest for the most creative Jack’s jingle video. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Homewood Jack’s reopens with a new look," 9 Sep. 2019 And Jeep wants a memorable jingle that will be embedded deeply in consumers’ minds -- so much so that the auto company’s CEO Olivier Francois is present for the final songwriter decision process. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Recap: Old Dominion Search For a Jeep Commercial Smash," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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More Definitions for jingle

jingle

verb
How to pronounce jingle (audio)

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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