jingle

[jing-guhl]
verb (used without object), jingled, jingling.
1.
to make clinking or tinkling sounds, as do coins, keys, or other light, resonant metal objects when coming into contact or being struck together repeatedly: The keys on his belt jingled as he walked.
2.
to move or proceed with such sounds: The sleigh, decorated with bells, jingled along the snowy road.
3.
to sound in a light, repetitious manner suggestive of this, as verse, a sequence of words, or piece of music.
4.
to make rhymes.
verb (used with object), jingled, jingling.
5.
to cause to jingle: He jingled the coins in his pocket.
noun
6.
a tinkling or clinking sound, as of small bells or of small pieces of resonant metal repeatedly struck one against another.
7.
something that makes such a sound, as a small bell or a metal pendant.
8.
a catchy succession of like or repetitious sounds, as in music or verse.
9.
a piece of verse or a short song having such a catchy succession of sounds, usually of a light or humorous character: an advertising jingle.
10.
Irish English and Australian. a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English gynglen, apparently imitative; compare Dutch jengelen; see -le

jingler, noun
jinglingly, adverb
jingly, adjective
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jingle (ˈdʒɪŋɡəl)
 
vb
1.  to ring or cause to ring lightly and repeatedly
2.  (intr) to sound in a manner suggestive of jingling: a jingling verse
 
n
3.  a sound of metal jingling: the jingle of the keys
4.  a catchy and rhythmic verse, song, etc, esp one used in advertising
 
[C16: probably of imitative origin; compare Dutch jengelen]
 
'jingler
 
n
 
'jingly
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

jingle
late 14c., gingeln, of imitative origin (cf. Du. jengelen, Ger. klingeln). Meaning "song in an advertisement" first attested 1930, from earlier sense of "catchy array of words in prose or verse" (1645).
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Slang Dictionary

jingle definition


  1. n.
    a buzz or tingle from alcohol. : This stuff gives me a little jingle, but that's all.
  2. n.
    a drinking bout. : The guys planned a big jingle for Friday.
  3. n.
    a call on the telephone. (See also buzz.) : Give me a jingle when you get into town.
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Example sentences
The venting zippers on the inner thighs jingle a little when you walk.
Gold and silver coins had nearly vanished from circulation, and people yearned
  to feel the jingle in their pockets.
The ice cream truck came down the street with its menacing jingle blaring.
Some students can work with other students to develop a jingle based on a
  well-known song.
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