tin·​gle | \ˈtiŋ-gəl \
tingled; tingling\ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of tingle 

intransitive verb

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

b : to cause such a sensation

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Other Words from tingle

tingle noun
tinglingly \ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ-​lē \ adverb
tingly \ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Synonyms for tingle


chink, clink, jingle, tinkle

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Examples of tingle in a Sentence

My arm was numb and tingling. awoke to the steady pitter-patter of raindrops tingling on the rooftop

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Pain, tingling, and other nerve problems Some chemo drugs can cause something known as peripheral neuropathy. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, Plus How to Ease Them," 18 June 2018 The pain can range from dull achiness to numbness, tingling and burning. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Ergonomically Correct," 10 Apr. 2018 The appearance of raw broccoli—say, on a crudités platter—doesn't exactly get our taste buds tingling. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "This Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing Is Our Only Memorial Day Plan," 15 May 2018 After a spine tingling shootout, the American women’s hockey team beat Canada to win the gold medal for the first time in two decades. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "With Olympics Over, Team Korea Goes Back to Being 2 Countries," 25 Feb. 2018 Initial signs of infection are usually burning, stabbing, or tingling pain; skin sensitivity; or itching across a band of skin, generally on one side of the body. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 It is usually accompanied by itching, tingling, or pain in an area of the body served by nerves prone to infection during a prior bout with chickenpox. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 The condition causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves, and begins with weakness and tingling in the extremities, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Arizona College Student Paralyzed During Spain Vacation Opens Up About Her 'Living Nightmare'," 6 July 2018 Numbing, tingling, ringing in the ears or maybe singed skin and burnt hair. Michael Rivlin, Philly.com, "Philly hand surgeons on devastating fireworks injuries: 'There is nothing left to fix'," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of tingle

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

History and Etymology for tingle

Middle English, alteration of tinklen to tinkle, tingle

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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 \
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 \
tingled; tingling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ \

Medical Definition of tingle 

: to feel a stinging or prickling sensation

Other Words from tingle

tingle noun

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something that serves to warn or remind

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