tingle

verb
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

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

Synonyms for tingle

Synonyms: Verb

chink, clink, jingle, tinkle

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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

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The first symptoms may appear from a few days to more than a year after the bite occurs, and can include tingling, twitching, fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Georgia boy, 4, treated for rabies after mom shoots raccoon dead in porch attack," 19 Sep. 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms include fatigue, numbness or tingling in the face or extremities, dizziness, vertigo, balance issues, difficulty walking, weakness, vision issues, and bladder or bowel issues. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Selma Blair 'Thought Was a Pinched Nerve' Turned Out to Be MS," 22 Oct. 2018 After a search of a cell at a prison in Mercer County in early August, five guards and a doctor experienced symptoms including dizziness, headaches and tingling in their limbs. Kris Maher, WSJ, "State Prisons Grapple With Opioid Contamination," 29 Aug. 2018 Toni Collette took home Best Actress for her spine-tingling role in Hereditary, and Ethan Hawke won Best Actor for his role in First Reformed. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Stars Aligned for Last Night’s Independent Filmmaker Project’s 28th Annual Gotham Awards," 27 Nov. 2018 The Jarlsgatan Flogger, which is perfect for use on any area safe for impact play (such as the ass or thighs), delivers a thrilling, tingling ouch. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "I Tried Everything in Lelo's $1,900 Sex Toy Suitcase — Yes, Everything," 31 Aug. 2018 If things are tingling downstairs in a not-so-pleasant fashion, the Mayo Clinic says this is a common symptom of an active yeast infection. Tehrene Firman, Woman's Day, "5 Yeast Infection Symptoms in Women That Should Never Be Ignored," 30 July 2018 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

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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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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 tingling (audio) \

Medical Definition of tingle

: to feel a stinging or prickling sensation

Other Words from tingle

tingle noun

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