Definition of jingle in English:


Line breaks: jin¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪŋg(ə)l


  • 3 (also jingle shell) A bivalve mollusc with a fragile, slightly translucent shell.
    • Family Anomidae: Anomia and other genera
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    • Where space permits, oysters and jingle shells sometimes anchor themselves to the horseshoe crab.


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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 purse
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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.
    clink, chink, tinkle, jangle, rattle, clanktinkle, ring, ding, ping, go ting-a-ling, chime
    rare tintinnabulate
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of writing) be full of alliteration or rhymes.



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  • 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?’


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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.


late Middle English: imitative.

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