Definition of jingle in English:

jingle

Syllabification: jin·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈjiNGgəl
 
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noun

  • 1 [in singular] A light ringing sound such as that made by metal objects being shaken together.
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    • All this happened at a time when other High Street retailers have been listening to the satisfying jingles of ringing cash registers.
    • Leaning back slightly, he felt the porcelain gun on the inside of his coat, rubbing against his side, and the light jingle of a jar of pills.
    • She pushed past him and the bell gave a light jingle once more.
    Synonyms
    clink, chink, tinkle, jangle, ding-a-ling, ring, ding, ping, chime, tintinnabulation
  • 2A short slogan, verse, or tune designed to be easily remembered, especially as used in advertising.
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    • An appropriate gift for the people of Taiwan, a ‘gift that goes on giving’ as the advertising jingle says, would be a true bill of rights.
    • They drive SUVs and talk in advertising jingles.
    • You can read about the escapade, with annoying advertising jingle here.
    Synonyms
    slogan, catchphrase; ditty, song, rhyme, tune
    informal earworm
  • 3 (also jingle shell) A bivalve mollusk with a fragile, slightly translucent shell, the lower valve of which has a hole through which pass byssus threads for anchorage.
    • Family Anomidae: Anomia and other genera
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    • Where space permits, oysters and jingle shells sometimes anchor themselves to the horseshoe crab.

verb

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  • 1Make or cause to make a light metallic ringing sound: [no object]: her bracelets were jingling [with object]: he jingled the coins in his pocket
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    • They walked down to the car that way, Aaron's keys jingling in his pocket.
    • Eva stood, flinging her arms up in the air, her bracelets jingling like tiny silver bells.
    • The group of sleigh bells hung above the door jingled merrily as Wendy and Samantha entered the general store.
    Synonyms
    clink, chink, tinkle, jangle, ring, ding, ping, chime
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of writing) be full of alliteration or rhymes.

Derivatives

jingler

noun
More example sentences
  • What made them wake up one day and say to their fellow advertising executives, ‘Fire the jinglers and get some of those guys in accounting to take their places?’

jingly

Pronunciation: /ˈjiNGg(ə)lē/
adjective
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  • I mean, with all this jingly jangly jewel stuff in our pockets, we'd make a lot of noise, even swimming in the moat.
  • The jingly sound it makes brings back some painful memories for the crazy killer.
  • This book is beautifully presented and tied with a red ribbon complete with jingly bell.

Origin

late Middle English: imitative.

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