Definition of tinkle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪŋk(ə)l/


1Make or cause to make a light, clear ringing sound: [no object]: cool water tinkled in the stone fountains [with object]: the maid tinkled a bell
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  • I heard laughter like tiny tinkling bells beside me and I looked up.
  • The hall fell suddenly and completely silent, except for the sound of the glass tinkling slightly and the wine dripping down the wall.
  • Exclamations of joy coalesced into one voice, whose laughter tinkled oppressively through the clear, mountain air.
2 [no object] British informal Urinate: I needed to tinkle
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  • And she didn't want the mother to hear her tinkle.


1A light, clear ringing sound: the distant tinkle of a cow bell
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  • The light tinkle of Inger's laughter seemed to fill the small room.
  • Somewhere in the distance, probably, sounds the tinkle of sheep bells and the lowing of cows.
  • A tinkle of glasses sounded as he began pouring drinks.
ring, chime, peal, ding, ping, clink, chink, jingle, jangle
splash, purl, babble, burble
literary plash
1.1British informal A telephone call: I’ll give them a tinkle
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  • If there's anything in the company manual that doesn't leap out at you, feel free to give me a tinkle.
  • All it needs is a tinkle to the Central Reservation Office of AP Tourism and ask for customised tour and a tour hostess to help you finalise your tour according to the interest and time available.
informal buzz
British informal ring, bell
2British informal An act of urinating: you have to pay to go in for a tinkle
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  • I haven't eaten for fourteen hours and it hurts - I'm irritable and hungry: there's a strange taste in my mouth, and my frequent tinkles are as clear as Welsh mountain streams.
  • The only reason the booth is ever empty is when the employees have to go for a tinkle, and they're supposed to lock the turnstile until they get back.



Pronunciation: /ˈtɪŋk(ə)li/
adjective (tinklier, tinkliest)
Example sentences
  • It has an often light orchestration, with lots of harp, tinkly percussion, and celesta and even harpsichord (which sounded, to my ears, a bit wrong for a late - 19 th-century American salon).
  • We should also mention that the gallery has set up some speakers in the gallery playing tinkly avant-garde piano music.
  • You might think you had stepped back in time to some gruesome, medieval torture chamber - but for the soothing yellow-coloured walls and tinkly background music which create an ambience of calming relaxation.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'tingle'): frequentative of obsolete tink 'to chink or clink', of imitative origin.

Words that rhyme with tinkle

besprinkle, crinkle, sprinkle, twinkle, winkle, wrinkle

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