tin·​gle | \ ˈtiŋ-gəl How to pronounce tingle (audio) \
tingled; tingling\ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tingling (audio) \

Definition of tingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to feel a ringing, stinging, prickling, or thrilling sensation
b : to cause such a sensation


plural tingles

Definition of tingle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tingling sensation : a usually slight ringing, stinging, prickling, or thrilling sensation She felt a tingle of excitement/anticipation. It offers the palate-pleasing tingle of a bubbly soda with a much-simplified ingredient list of often nothing more than water and carbonation.— Chelsey Dulaney Soon my thinking cleared up, but the surges renewed — pain, and a frisson of electricity around the eye, into the cheek, a vague tingle.— Sallie Tisdale

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tinglingly \ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ-​lē How to pronounce tinglingly (audio) \ adverb
tingly \ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce tingly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for tingle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of tingle in a Sentence

Verb My arm was numb and tingling. awoke to the steady pitter-patter of raindrops tingling on the rooftop
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nemesis, too, gets a spine-tingling update, as shown in the game’s trailer and key art. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Resident Evil 3 game remake officially revealed in first trailer," 10 Dec. 2019 For some people, holiday gatherings can be more spine-tingling than a horror movie. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Martha Stewart Gives a Sharp Performance in This Knives Out Video and the Internet Responded Accordingly," 21 Nov. 2019 CANTON Canton Public Library promises a spirited evening when S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England, a paranormal investigating team, will share the results of some of their spine-tingling investigations into hauntings around New England. BostonGlobe.com, "www.chumcnorwell.wixsite.com/chumcnorwell/events," 17 Oct. 2019 Migraines with aura can also include numbness or tingling sensations in one part of the body, and sometimes a person will have trouble talking during an aura-inducing migraine headache. Elizabeth King, Allure, "7 Types of Common Headaches and How to Tell Them Apart," 25 Sep. 2019 Take a spine-tingling spin on Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and check out all the frightful additions from Scary the Scare-car to the creepy, crawly Spider-car at Flo’s V8 Café. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Tips From Disney Expert: 13 ‘Spooktacular’ Photo Moments During Halloween Time," 15 Sep. 2019 The drag racing will be legal and the thrills will be spine-tingling this weekend when ROADKILL NIGHTS POWERED BY DODGE returns to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Ribs R&B Music Festival; drag racing in Pontiac; 'Impractical Jokers' stars," 7 Aug. 2019 Tame Impala at Mo Pop Effervescent, mind-tingling psychedelia had the throngs in figurative ecstasy at the Sunday-night closing set at the summertime Mo Pop music festival on the Detroit River. Steve Byrne, Detroit Free Press, "2019 entertainment Top 10: Raconteurs, Tame Impala, 'The Deuce,' Murals in the Market," 29 Dec. 2019 For a perfect foil to mouth-tingling flavors, rosé champagne's fruitier palette offers a pleasing contrast. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Foods to Pair with Champagne," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of tingle


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tingle


Middle English, alteration of tinklen to tinkle, tingle

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The first known use of tingle was in the 14th century

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15 Feb 2020

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“Tingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tingle. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tingle

: to have a feeling like the feeling of many small sharp points pressing into your skin
: to feel an emotion (such as excitement) very strongly


tin·​gle | \ ˈtiŋ-gəl How to pronounce tingle (audio) \
tingled; tingling

Kids Definition of tingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to feel or cause a prickling or thrilling sensation Back and forth the ball flew until Henry's hands began to tingle from the smack of leather against them.— Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins



Kids Definition of tingle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a prickling or thrilling sensation or condition
tin·​gle | \ ˈtiŋ-gəl How to pronounce tingle (audio) \
tingled; tingling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tingling (audio) \

Medical Definition of tingle

: to feel a stinging or prickling sensation

Other Words from tingle

tingle noun

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