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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At least the bad guys had a creepily catchy jingle. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 When the computer takes over, the cabin's floor lights glow blue, a short jingle sounds, and the steering wheel fidgets and rotates on its own to glide a driverless hybrid Lexus RX around IUPUI. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Oct. 2021 Within days, our doorbell was a-jingle with beer deliveries: cases of Surreal’s Chandelier Red I.P.A. (burnt toast and caramel), WellBeing’s Intentional I.P.A. (peach and pineapple), and BrewDog’s Hazy AF (clover, thistle, mowed lawn). John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Washburn Crosby tried one more thing to sell the cereal: a singing jingle. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021 In the late ’70s, a cousin in France gave me a jingle and said, ‘There’s a gentleman here in France who started a new procedure. Steve Metsch, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 Even the Northeast electronics chain the Wiz, a competitor to P.C. Richard & Son, repurposed Markie’s hook for its inescapable commercial jingle, now the distant memory of a generation. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 23 July 2021 After discovering Disfarmer’s negatives, Miller went on to establish a career as one of Arkansas’s leading personal-injury lawyers, with full-page ads on the back of the Little Rock phone book and a jingle on local TV. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 Maybe an unironic All Star by Smash Mouth, a cover of Hey, Delilah that is actually about a stripper, or a jingle for pizza rolls that is actually about depression. orlandosentinel.com, 6 June 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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20 Oct 2021

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“Jingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingle. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for jingle

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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