tinkle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tinkle make or emit a high sound "tinkling bells"
    • n tinkle a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The golden tree frog has a croak that sounds like a mallet chipping rock, but in summer it sounds like a tinkling bell.
    • n Tinkle A small, sharp, quick sound, as that made by striking metal.
    • n Tinkle (Zoöl) The common guillemot.
    • v. t Tinkle To cause to clonk, or make small, sharp, quick sounds.
    • Tinkle To hear, or resound with, a small, sharp sound. "And his ears tinkled , and the color fled."
    • Tinkle To make, or give forth, small, quick, sharp sounds, as a piece of metal does when struck; to clink. "As sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.""The sprightly horse
      Moves to the music of his tinkling bells."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tinkle To make or give forth a succession of little clinking sounds; clink or tink repeatedly or continuously.
    • tinkle To tingle.
    • tinkle To cause to clink or tink; jingle; ring.
    • tinkle To affect by tinking sounds; lead or draw by ringing or jingling.
    • tinkle To cause to ring or resound.
    • n tinkle A succession of small tinking or clinking sounds; a soft jingling noise.
    • tinkle To tinker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tinkle tingk′l to make small, sharp sounds: to clink: to jingle: to clink repeatedly or continuously
    • v.t Tinkle to cause to make quick, sharp sounds
    • n Tinkle a sharp, clinking sound
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of tink,. See Tink Tingle

Usage

In literature:

She liked to hear it tinkle as she worked.
"The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Spoons struck china with a faint metallic tinkle.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Officers of the Army of France were not to be disturbed by the tinkle of gold.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Falling downward the great icicle struck with a tinkling sound against the masses of ice on either side.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
The small springs tinkled metallically cold into the silver of the lake.
"The Singing Mouse Stories" by Emerson Hough
Tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, came a faint sound of bells.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
The cheerful tinkling music thus occasioned on the Canadian roads is very pleasing.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
I felt very grateful to my old friend Tinkle for his generosity, but I said nothing of it to Alice.
"The House" by Eugene Field
The report crashed horribly in the room, followed by the tinkle of fragments of glass.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
And the little music keeps tinkling downstairs.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
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In poetry:

The shadow of the sailing cloud,
The long, long summer day,
The whisper of the stream, half loud,
That tinkles on its way.
"The Churchyard Tree" by Alexander Anderson
These words of promise and of woe
Seem but a tinkling sound;
As through an ancient tomb I go,
With dust-filled urns around.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
I wish I were the little bell
That tinkles for the Host,
When God comes down each day to dwell
With hearts He loves the most.
"A Child's Wish" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"Is it a chapel bell that fills
The air with its low tone?"
"Thou hear'st the tinkle of the rills,
The insect's vesper drone."
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How poor these pallid phrases seem,
How weak this tinkling line,
As warbles through my waking dream
That angel voice of thine!
"Our Sweet Singer" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
When afar he sees the palm-trees
Cresting o'er the lonely well,
When he hears the pleasant tinkle
Of the distant camel's bell:
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun

In news:

Dry fountains may soon tinkle again.
Joslyn Tinkle is not afraid to admit that she loves scoring.
Don Feria/isiphotos.com Joslyn Tinkle entered the starting lineup just as the conference season began.
Robert was born October 22, 1934, in Duncan, Okla. To Aaron James and Winnye Okemah Williams Tinkle .
Tinkle Withdraws Name from 'Dogs Search.
Tinkle made the decision today from Indianapolis, where his daughter is playing for Stanford in the women's final four.
Chan Tinkle of Blueair Jul 1, 2006 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Missoula's Tinkle Stepping Up for Standford.
Missoula basketball fans are familiar with the Joslyn Tinkle .
Grizzly basketball Head Coach Wayne Tinkle is a classy guy.
The sound of tinkling brass .
Tinkling drinks in hand, New Yorkers Lauren Levy and Jacob Schum settle onto lounge chairs a few feet from the Caribbean's lapping waves.
Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle made sure Stanford's season-opener was the same as the previous 11.
The Tina Tinkle room in the Night Shade Toy Factory.
Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle are known as the "Twins" of the Stanford women's basketball team.
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In science:

We opine that, without proper market research, theoretical work tinkling with product pricing for profit is a questionable feat.
Exploring Network Economics
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