See also: Tinkle
- (intransitive) To make light metallic sounds, rather like a very small bell.
- The glasses tinkled together as they were placed on the table.
- The sprightly horse / Moves to the music of his tinkling bells.
- (intransitive, informal, juvenile) To urinate.
- (transitive) To cause to tinkle.
- (transitive) To indicate, signal, etc. by tinkling.
- The butler tinkled dinner.
- To hear, or resound with, a small, sharp sound.
- And his ears tinkled, and the colour fled.
to make light metallic sounds
tinkle (plural tinkles)
- A light metallic sound, resembling the tinkling of bells or wind chimes.
1994, Stephen Fry, chapter 2, in The Hippopotamus:
- At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. . . . There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorations as the tree had recovered from the collision.
- (Britain, informal) A telephone call.
- Give me a tinkle when you arrive.
- (informal, euphemistic) An act of urination.
light metallic sound