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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
jin•gle /ˈdʒɪŋgəl/USA pronunciation
v., -gled, -gling, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to (cause to) make clinking or tinkling sounds, like the sounds from a small bell: [no object]The coins jingled in her purse.[~ + object]He jingled the coins in his pocket.
jin•gly, adj., -gli•er, -gli•est.
- a tinkling or clinking sound:the jingle of house keys.
- a group of words or a short song with catchy sounds, usually of a light or humorous character, used for advertising.
( jing′gəl), v., -gled, -gling, n.
- to make clinking or tinkling sounds, as do coins, keys, or other light, resonant metal objects when coming into contact or being struck together repeatedly:The keys on his belt jingled as he walked.
- to move or proceed with such sounds:The sleigh, decorated with bells, jingled along the snowy road.
- to sound in a light, repetitious manner suggestive of this, as verse, a sequence of words, or piece of music.
- to make rhymes.
- to cause to jingle:He jingled the coins in his pocket.
- a tinkling or clinking sound, as of small bells or of small pieces of resonant metal repeatedly struck one against another.
- something that makes such a sound, as a small bell or a metal pendant.
- a catchy succession of like or repetitious sounds, as in music or verse.
- a piece of verse or a short song having such a catchy succession of sounds, usually of a light or humorous character:an advertising jingle.
- British Terms[Irish Eng. and Australian.]a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.
Middle English gynglen, apparently imitative;
compare Dutch jengelen;
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
jingle /ˈdʒɪŋɡəl/ vb
- to ring or cause to ring lightly and repeatedly
- (intransitive) to sound in a manner suggestive of jingling: a jingling verse
Etymology: 16th Century: probably of imitative origin; compare Dutch jengelenˈjingly adj
- a sound of metal jingling
- a catchy and rhythmic verse, song, etc, esp one used in advertising
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