• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tinkling like the short high ringing sound of a small bell "sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal"
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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.
    • Tinkling (Zoöl) A grackle (Quiscalus crassirostris) native of Jamaica. It often associates with domestic cattle, and rids them of insects.
    • Tinkling A tinkle, or succession of tinkles. "Drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tinkling A tinkling noise; the sound of successive tinks or clinks.
    • n tinkling A kind of blackbird, Quiscalus crassirostris, common in Jamaica : so called from its notes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tinkling a tinkling noise
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  • 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
    “There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A freq. of M. E. tinken.


In literature:

Music, faint, tinkling, we certainly heard.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
This trouble was the result of M. Picot's threat; but little Rebecca's voice was tinkling on like a bell in a dome.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Soon the faint tinkling of bells came through the storm.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
It began with a musical tinkle which changed to a babble and then to a gentle rushing.
"At the Back of the North Wind" by Elizabeth Lewis and George MacDonald
At once the hall was full of tinkling melody.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Again and again he tugged vigorously at the brass knob until he could hear the bell tinkling far above.
"A Cigarette-Maker's Romance" by F. Marion Crawford
For here there is the sounding brass and tinkling cymbal of great worldly power.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
As we go, the bells keep up a drowsy tinkling at the horse's head.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
She tinkled with delight.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
Somewhere on the shore a mandoline tinkled, the faint distant notes coming sweetly to them across the water.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore

In poetry:

Ere the ghostly grey of morning,
Can be seen among the dells,
All the cattle on the hill-side
Fill the air with tinkling bells.
"The Four Winds" by R S Ward
Who are you, my lad, to ease me?
Leave your pretty words unspoken.
Tinkling echoes little please me,
Now my heart is freshly broken.
"Pattern" by Dorothy Parker
And it is this; an upland gleam
Of sunshine such as warms and thrills;
The tinkle of a quiet stream,
That broke the stillness of the hills.
"A Sound Is In My Ear To-Day" by Alexander Anderson
The tinkle of the little streams,
The murmur of the bees that win
Their way from where the moorland gleams,
To swell their golden store within.
"The Happy Earth" by Alexander Anderson
Little Birds are tasting
Gratitude and gold,
Pale with sudden cold:
Pale, I say, and wrinkled -
When the bells have tinkled,
And the Tale is told.
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll
She should have lain among the hills,
In some old churchyard, where each sound
Is of the wind, the tinkling rills,
And cry of lonely things around;
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

You might find yourself straining to make out the rare intelligible lyric that pops out of the tinkling chamber-pop haze, but then again maybe not.
That is, if I hear the refreshing tinkling of splashing water once the warm weather arrives.
Dry fountains may soon tinkle again.
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.
Will Cherry, Kareem Jamar, Derek Selvig, Art Steward, Wayne Tinkle, Mathias Ward and coach Wayne Tinkle.
The sound of tinkling brass .
Tinkling drinks in hand, New Yorkers Lauren Levy and Jacob Schum settle onto lounge chairs in Cancún , Mexico, a few feet from the Caribbean's lapping waves.
Tinkling drinks in hand, New Yorkers Lauren Levy and Jacob Schum settle onto lounge chairs a few feet from the Caribbean's lapping waves.
RICHMOND — Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
The glass bangles tinkled, each with their own pitch as they slid down her upraised arm.
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.

In science:

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