- Experience or cause to experience a slight prickling or stinging sensation: [no object]: she was tingling with excitement [with object]: a standing ovation that tingled your spineMore example sentences
prickle, sting; tremble, quiver, shiver
- Suddenly, Jerry's spine tingled, as a slight breeze washed over him.
- She felt the corner of her eyes prickle and her nose tingled as tiny tears slipped down her cheek, mingling with the blood.
- I knew Seth wasn't jealous or anything but my stomach tingled at the slightest possibility that he was.
nounBack to top
- A slight prickling or stinging sensation: she felt a tingle in the back of her neck a tingle of anticipationMore example sentences
thrill, buzz, quiver, shiver, tingling, sting, stinging; tremor
- A slight tingle filled her hands as she held the vessel and she could feel her anxiety pass into nothingness.
- At the moment, all she felt was a slight tingle on the surface of her skin.
- At most, such discharges may cause a slight tingle in the skin of those touching the patient at the time.
late Middle English: perhaps a variant of tinkle. The original notion was perhaps 'ring in response to a loud noise', but the term was very early applied to the result of hearing something shocking.
Entry from British & World English dictionary