verb (used without object), jin·gled, jin·gling.
- 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.
- to move or proceed with such sounds: The sleigh, decorated with bells, jingled along the snowy road.
- to sound in a light, repetitious manner suggestive of this, as verse, a sequence of words, or piece of music.
- to make rhymes.
verb (used with object), jin·gled, jin·gling.
- to cause to jingle: He jingled the coins in his pocket.
- a tinkling or clinking sound, as of small bells or of small pieces of resonant metal repeatedly struck one against another.
- something that makes such a sound, as a small bell or a metal pendant.
- a catchy succession of like or repetitious sounds, as in music or verse.
- 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.
- Irish English and Australian. a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.
- to ring or cause to ring lightly and repeatedly
- (intr) to sound in a manner suggestive of jinglinga jingling verse
- a sound of metal jinglingthe jingle of the keys
- a catchy and rhythmic verse, song, etc, esp one used in advertising
late 14c., gingeln, of imitative origin (cf. Dutch jengelen, German klingeln). Related: Jingled; jingling.
1590s, from jingle (v.). Meaning “song in an advertisement” first attested 1930, from earlier sense of “catchy array of words in prose or verse” (1640s).