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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.
- 1753, Robert Dodsley, Agriculture
- The sprightly horse / Moves to the music of his tinkling bells.
- (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.
- (intransitive, informal) To urinate.
- (urinate): See Thesaurus:urinate
to make light metallic sounds
to cause to tinkle
to hear, or resound with, a small, sharp sound
to urinate — see urinate
tinkle (plural tinkles)
- A light metallic sound, resembling the tinkling of bells or wind chimes.
- 1966, James Workman, The Mad Emperor, Melbourne, Sydney: Scripts, page 97:
- She laughed, her voice a tinkle in the silence of the circular chamber.
- 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.
- (UK, informal) A telephone call.
- (informal, euphemistic) An act of urination.
- (euphemistic) Urine.
light metallic sound
informal: phone call