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From Middle English tinglen, a variant of tinclen (to tinkle). More at tinkle.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɪŋɡəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋɡəl


tingle (third-person singular simple present tingles, present participle tingling, simple past and past participle tingled)

  1. (intransitive) To feel a prickling or mildly stinging sensation.
    My hands were tingling from the cold.
    I got hit in the butt yesterday, and it still tingles.
    • 1913, Eleanor H. Porter, chapter 8, in Pollyanna[1], L.C. Page, →OCLC:
      For five minutes Pollyanna worked swiftly, deftly, combing a refractory curl into fluffiness, perking up a drooping ruffle at the neck, or shaking a pillow into plumpness so that the head might have a better pose. Meanwhile the sick woman, frowning prodigiously, and openly scoffing at the whole procedure, was, in spite of herself, beginning to tingle with a feeling perilously near to excitement.
  2. (transitive) To cause to feel a prickling or mildly stinging sensation.
    Tingle your tastebuds with these exotic dishes.
  3. (intransitive) To ring, to tinkle.
  4. (transitive) To cause to ring, to tinkle.
    • 1876, Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark [] , London: Macmillan, Fit the Second.⁠ The Bellman's Speech:
      [] the Captain they trusted so well
      Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,
      And that was to tingle his bell.
  5. (intransitive) To make ringing sounds; to twang.


  • (to feel a prickly sensation): itch
  • (to ring, cause to ring): tinkle

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tingle (plural tingles)

  1. A prickling or mildly stinging sensation.