verb (used without object), tin·gled, tin·gling.
- 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.
- (usually intr) 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
v.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.