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, "The top places to see Christmas lights and other holiday displays in Dallas-Fort Worth," 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, "Nevada betting on health safety as Las Vegas casinos reopen," 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, "Perry Mason recap: Paul Drake delivers a new clue with some serious bite," 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, "The Latest: Tennessee’s Dollywood parks to open in mid-June," 3 June 2020 The bell jingled, and one of the quartier’s restaurant people appeared, a waiter. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 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, "Harry Styles' 'Fine Line' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 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, "The Masked Singer Season 1 Champ T-Pain Guesses Thingamajig Is John Legend — 'on Stilts'," 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, "Travis Scott-Led 'Jackboys' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, As Christmas Albums Depart Chart," 5 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s hoping that Thurston and Young’s relationships don’t end with an engagement to a cheating dog-food-jingle writer, a duplicitous Michael Strahan wannabe, an alleged stalker, or a Blue Lives Matter enthusiast. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Katie Thurston and Michelle Young Will Whip Men Into Shape With Back-to-Back Bachelorette Seasons," 15 Mar. 2021 Decked out in a red State Farm polo, Drake comically tries to mimic Jake's famous jingle while at the snack table. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Drake Stars in New State Farm Super Bowl Commercial With Paul Rudd & Patrick Mahomes: Watch," 7 Feb. 2021 Soul Glo does make a few subtle appearances in the film, with the jingle being reworked during Murphy’s coital flashback with Leslie Jones, and the poster and product still appearing in the My-T-Sharp barbershop. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, "‘Coming 2 America’ Creators Reveal ‘Soul Glo’ Joke That Didn’t Make the Film," 8 Mar. 2021 That jingle is something that, once heard, does not leave your brain. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, "Shine Through: The Definitive Oral History of ‘Soul Glo’," 4 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday, Billboard reported the villainous jingle — written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez for Kathryn Hahn’s character — has debuted at No. 36 on its digital song sales survey with 3,000 downloads sold as of Feb. 25. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "‘WandaVision’ anthem ‘Agatha All Along’ hits music charts, and Kathryn Hahn is shook," 3 Mar. 2021 Another of the first sponsors was Coca-Cola, whose ad played a jingle when the centerfold was opened. Chryselle D'silva Dias, The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s blind readers had no lifestyle mag. So this woman made one.," 1 Mar. 2021 Che, before putting on the cat jingle and the ABC song. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Dan Levy makes hosting debut for SNL's 900th episode," 7 Feb. 2021 The pair are then joined by Eliott with 2 Ts, who lumbers in, sings a low-energy cheer jingle, and half-heartedly poses for the camera. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pair of Queens," 1 Jan. 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 11 Apr. 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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