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[jing-guh l] /ˈdʒɪŋ gəl/

verb (used without object), jingled, jingling.
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.
verb (used with object), jingled, jingling.
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.
Irish English and Australian. a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.
to ring or cause to ring lightly and repeatedly
(intransitive) to sound in a manner suggestive of jingling: a jingling verse
a sound of metal jingling: the jingle of the keys
a catchy and rhythmic verse, song, etc, esp one used in advertising

late 14c., gingeln, of imitative origin (cf. Dutch jengelen, German klingeln). Related: Jingled; jingling.

1590s, from jingle (v.). Meaning “song in an advertisement” first attested 1930, from earlier sense of “catchy array of words in prose or verse” (1640s).


A telephone call; a ring; tinkle: We never hear from you, not even a jingle


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  • Jingle-jangle

    adjective In poor condition; ramshackle: driving down to Big Sur in their funky bus or some jingle-jangle car (1970s+) noun (also jing) Money; coins: I’ve got some jingle-jangle in my jeans/ A lot of bars have fundraisers and donate a big chunk of their jing to AIDS groups (1950s+)

  • Jingle mail

    noun keys to a dwelling mailed to the creditor by someone no longer able to make the mortgage payments Examples Lenders are only beginning to learn how to manage the onslaught of jingle mail. Word Origin 1992

  • Jingle-shell

    noun 1. any of several marine, bivalve mollusks of the genus Anomia, having a thin, pearly shell with a conspicuous hole or notch near the hinge of the lower valve. 2. the shell itself.

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