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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Other Words from tingle


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


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

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The accident happened on the final spine-tingling scramble 400 feet up to the top of the world famous precipice. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Woman falls 500 feet to her death from cables at Half Dome in Yosemite," 6 Sep. 2019 The pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness can extend from your upper back to your lower back and into your arms and legs. Korin Miller, SELF, "You Could Have a Herniated Disc Without Even Realizing It," 11 Sep. 2018 Your entire body tingled with the intersection of joy and indestructibility and fearlessness and that good anxious recklessness. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "How Writer Bassey Ikpi Intricately Weaves The Art Of Storytelling In Her Memoir About Mental Illness," 13 Aug. 2019 The side effects can range from headache and flushing to numbness and tingling, weakness and more. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: What goes in a Waldorf salad?," 31 July 2019 Hives and muscle weakness. Numbness and tingling in her arms and legs. Michelle Stacey, Allure, "Why Everyone Is Talking About Breast Implant Safety Right Now," 29 July 2019 The symptoms leading up to fainting are dizziness, disorientation, flushing, tingling, loss of vision, and nausea. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Woman warns of rare condition after child's scary reaction to hair curling: 'Look it up'," 19 July 2019 My fingers tingled for my phone, to refresh Twitter and check WhatsApp. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "Ten days of utter silence pulled me back from the brink of a mental breakdown," 2 July 2019 Holland's spidey senses were tingling just in the knick of time Spider-Man is on fire! Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Tom Holland Runs Away from Flames After Nearly Catching on Fire During Man About Town Photo Shoot," 12 June 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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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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