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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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  • And a tingling sensation, not wholly unpleasant, passed over him.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Then an immense, intense resentment set 27 every nerve in him tingling.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • He means to have a glorious time and be back, tingling with satisfaction on his exploit, by a little after midnight.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • The Prophet bounded into the library, tingling in every vein.

  • The quick tears filled his eyes, and a glow, tingling in its warmth, rushed over him.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • But what do you feel when you feel the north, Barty—a kind of tingling?

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Gie him a cuff at Martinmas, and his cheek will be tingling at Whitsunday.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • And the consciousness of his passion gave her a tingling sense of pleasure.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for tingling


(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 tingling



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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