from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make a tinkling or ringing metallic sound.
- intransitive v. To have the catchy sound of a simple, repetitious rhyme or doggerel.
- transitive v. To cause to make a tinkling or ringing metallic sound.
- n. The sound produced by or as if by bits of metal striking together.
- n. A piece of light singsong verse or rhyme.
- n. A catchy, often musical advertising slogan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sound of metal or glass clattering against itself.
- n. A short tune or verse, especially one used to advertise something.
- n. A carriage drawn by horses.
- v. To make a noise of metal or glass clattering against itself.
- v. To cause to make a noise of metal or glass clattering against itself.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To sound with a fine, sharp, rattling, clinking, or tinkling sound.
- intransitive v. To rhyme or sound with a jingling effect.
- transitive v. To cause to give a sharp metallic sound as a little bell, or as coins shaken together; to tinkle.
- n. A rattling, clinking, or tinkling sound, as of little bells or pieces of metal.
- n. That which makes a jingling sound, as a rattle.
- n. A correspondence of sound in rhymes, especially when the verse has little merit
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To emit tinkling metallic sounds; tinkle or clink, as bells, coins, chains, spurs, keys, or other metallic objects.
- To have a musical sound, or a light pleasing effect upon the ear, independently of sense, as verse or rimes.
- To cause to give a tinkling metallic sound, as a little bell or as pieces of metal.
- n. A tinkling or clinking sound, as of little bells or pieces of metal.
- n. Something that jingles; a little bell or rattle; specifically, one of the little metallic disks set in the frame of a tambourine.
- n. Musical or sprightly sound in verse or rimes; poetry or a poem having a musical or sprightly sound, with little sense; a catching array of words, whether verse or prose.
- n. A covered two-wheeled car used in the south of Ireland.
- n. A mollusk of the genus Anomia.
- n. A two-wheeled car (like the Irish jingle) used in some parts of Australia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a sound typical of metallic objects
- n. a metallic sound
- n. a comic verse of irregular measure
Middle English ginglen, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia); compare jangle. (Wiktionary)