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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 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.


  • (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.