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



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.
    • 1913, Eleanor Porter, Pollyanna, Chapter 8:
      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.
  5. (intransitive) To make ringing sounds; to twang.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 13
      Sideways leaning, we sideways darted; every ropeyarn tingling like a wire; the two tall masts buckling like Indian canes in land tornadoes.
    • (Can we date this quote by Charles Dickens and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      sharp tingling bells


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


tingle (plural tingles)

  1. A prickling or mildly stinging sensation.