tingle

verb
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

Synonyms

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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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 The youngest of the cast, Milly Shapiro, was bubbly as can be despite her character’s spine-tingling tactics during one particular scene involving a pigeon. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "A Séance Gone Bad: Hereditary’s New York City Premiere Was All Screams and Shouts," 6 June 2018 Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes may also lead to changes in foot size or shape due to nerve damage, which can result in other symptoms like tingling, pain, and numbness, too. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Shoe Mistakes That Could Definitely Be Causing Your Foot Pain," 18 Apr. 2018 The spicy tomato sauce indicated by the name and the menu didn’t have even a hint of tongue-tingling heat. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 Considering baseball’s putrid offensive numbers these days, just seeing three consecutive hits might be our spine-tingling moment. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB All-Star Game: Yes, Bryce Harper deserves to be there — because it's all about enjoyment," 8 July 2018 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

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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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Phrases Related to tingle

tingle with excitement

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

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tingle

verb

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

tingle

verb
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

tingle

noun

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

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