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 The band also got together to record their own version of the iconic McDonalds jingle, which the restaurant revealed on their TikTok page. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "McDonalds Announces New BTS Meal with Two New Dipping Sauces to Try," 19 Apr. 2021 Indeed, Trump’s campaign ran a Spanish-language ad with a catchy jingle that specifically mentioned the economy. Eric Garcia, Washington Post, "Trump, My Dad and the Rightward Shift of Latino Men," 22 Mar. 2021 Groban teamed up with the food brand to come up with a new jingle to help replace the mean playground chant beans are usually synonymous with. Topher Gauk-roger, PEOPLE.com, "Josh Groban Talks 'Fun' of Writing a New Ode to Beans: 'It's So Crazy That It Might Just Work'," 19 Apr. 2021 To the young viewer, a Roald Dahl-esque jingle like this one pinkie-promises a trippy, macabre world of adult order undone, an imaginative expanse where edible monsters roam free. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch," 29 Mar. 2021 Seared to order, the result is a marvel of gooey crunch, and a sly wink at a 50-year-old Big Mac jingle. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Fueled by viral TikTok trends, downtown Portland’s Toki is a new destination from the Han Oak team: Takeout diaries," 20 Mar. 2021 True to the party line form, FOLX even created a jingle that is a perfect reminder of hotline commercials from the 1990s and early 2000s. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This 'Old School' Hotline Was Created to Deliver Messages of Love and Acceptance to the LGBTQIA+ Community," 18 Feb. 2021 According to Scott Tennent’s Spiderland book, the Touch and Go budget could only cover nighttime rates for Chicago’s River North Recorders, a commercial jingle studio where McMahan had interned. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, "Slint Look Back on 'Spiderland' at 30," 25 Mar. 2021 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

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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 7 May. 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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