tingle

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

tingle

noun
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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Other Words from tingle

Verb

tinglingly \ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ-​lē How to pronounce tingle (audio) \ adverb
tingly \ ˈtiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce tingle (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 Noticing and ruminating on every sniff, mark or tingle as something potentially significant? Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, "The Physical Pandemic: What Has The Last Year Done To Our Bodies?," 29 Mar. 2021 One leg started to tingle, and her hands would tremble while putting on eyeliner. New York Times, "They Had Mild Covid. Then Their Serious Symptoms Kicked In.," 23 Mar. 2021 If this were a genuine noir, at this point the woman would be seen as the femme fatale doing in the unsuspecting protagonist—and the reader’s spine would tingle with fear and excitement. Vivian Gornick, The New York Review of Books, "Sex, Noir & Isolation," 9 Mar. 2021 Mike Flanagan is back with another Netflix series sure to tingle your spine. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 When a playwright or director comes along working in an original vocabulary, your ears start to tingle. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "A ‘Wicked’ Challenge and Other Tough Questions for Ben Brantley," 3 Nov. 2020 Now the author is back to tingle more spines with Whisper Down the Lane. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Get a first look at Clay McLeod Chapman's true-crime-inspired horror novel Whisper Down the Lane," 20 Oct. 2020 Hits of hot sauce and a mountain of seeded jalapeño pepper slices mixed in with the chorizo and cheese will make your nose tingle. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Jimmy’s Family Pizza in the Lone Star District delivers with spicy pizza, flavorful crusts," 18 Sep. 2020 The clean, clear, cool water is sure to tingle and recharge you for your journey home, or that first morning fika (coffee). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tingle

Verb

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

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tingle

Verb

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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2 Apr 2021

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“Tingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tingle. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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 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

tingle

noun

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 tingle (audio) \

Medical Definition of tingle

: to feel a stinging or prickling sensation

Other Words from tingle

tingle noun

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