tinkled

tinkle

[ting-kuhl]
verb (used without object), tinkled, tinkling.
1.
to give forth or make a succession of short, light, ringing sounds, as a small bell.
2.
to run one's fingers lightly over a keyboard instrument or to play such an instrument simply or badly.
3.
Baby Talk. to urinate.
verb (used with object), tinkled, tinkling.
4.
to cause to tinkle or jingle: The goat tinkled its bell every time it raised its head. Who's tinkling the piano?
5.
to make known, call attention to, attract, or summon by tinkling.
noun
6.
a tinkling sound or tune.
7.
an act or instance of tinkling.
8.
Informal. a telephone call: Give me a tinkle before you leave for Europe.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English tynclen, frequentative of tinken to clink; imitative

outtinkle, verb (used with object), outtinkled, outtinkling.
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tinkle (ˈtɪŋkəl)
 
vb
1.  to ring or cause to ring with a series of high tinny sounds, like a small bell
2.  (tr) to announce or summon by such a ringing
3.  informal (Brit) (intr) to urinate
 
n
4.  a high clear ringing sound
5.  the act of tinkling
6.  informal (Brit) a telephone call
 
[C14: of imitative origin]
 
'tinkling
 
adj, —n
 
'tinkly
 
adj

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tinkle
"to make a gentle ringing sound," 1382, possibly a frequentative form of tinken "to ring, jingle," perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to urinate" is recorded from 1960, from childish talk.
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