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[ting-guh l] /ˈtɪŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), tingled, tingling.
to have a sensation of slight prickles, stings, or tremors, as from cold, a sharp blow, excitement, etc.:
I tingle all over.
to cause such a sensation:
The scratch tingles.
a tingling sensation.
the tingling action of cold, a blow, excitement, etc.
Origin of tingle
1350-1400; Middle English tinglen (v.), variant of tinkle
Related forms
tingler, noun
tinglingly, adverb
4. thrill, flutter. Unabridged
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  • A tingle went through all my bones, and I only longed for my carbine.

  • The Book is full of the tingle and even the roar of the life out of which it was born.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • She continued to tingle after he had jauntily departed with his basket and clattered away in his delivery wagon.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Her tone was gentle as a caress, and it made him tingle to his finger-tips.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Peter thrust the miraculous telegram in his pocket, where he could feel it burn and tingle.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
British Dictionary definitions for tingle


(usually intransitive) to feel or cause to feel a prickling, itching, or stinging sensation of the flesh, as from a cold plunge or electric shock
a sensation of tingling
Derived Forms
tingler, noun
tingling, adjective
tinglingly, adverb
tingly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: perhaps a variant of tinkle
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Word Origin and History for tingle

late 14c., "to have a ringing sensation when hearing something," later "to have a stinging or thrilling feeling," variation of tinkelen (see tinkle). Related: Tingled; tingling. The noun is first recorded 1700.

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