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tinkle

verb tin·kle \ ˈtiŋ-kəl \
Updated on: 2 May 2018

Definition of tinkle

tinkled; tinkling play \ˈtiŋ-k(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to make or emit a tinkle or a sound suggestive of a tinkle
2 : urinate
1 : to sound or make known (the time) by a tinkle
2 a : to cause to make a tinkle
b : to produce by tinkling
  • tinkle a tune

Examples of tinkle in a Sentence

  1. The ice tinkled in the glass.

  2. A piano was tinkling in the background.

  3. He tinkled a small bell.

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Origin and Etymology of tinkle

Middle English, frequentative of tinken to tinkle, of imitative origin

tinkle Synonyms


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tinkle

noun

Definition of tinkle

1 : a series of short high ringing or clinking sounds
2 : a jingling effect in verse or prose

Examples of tinkle in a Sentence

  1. the soothing tinkle of the wind chime on the back porch

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First Known Use of tinkle

1725

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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tinkle Synonyms



TINKLE Defined for English Language Learners

tinkle

Definition of tinkle for English Language Learners

  • : to make sounds like the sounds of a small bell

  • : to pass urine from the body


tinkle

Definition of tinkle for English Language Learners

  • : the sound produced by a small bell or a similar sound

  • : a telephone call

  • : the act of passing urine from the body


TINKLE Defined for Kids

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tinkle

verb tin·kle \ ˈtiŋ-kəl \

Definition of tinkle for Students

tinkled; tinkling
: to make or cause to make short high ringing or clinking sounds

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tinkle

noun

Definition of tinkle for Students

: a short high ringing or clinking sound


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