Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To emit a high-pitched noise.
  • n. A sharp, quick sound; a tinkle.
  • v. To unknit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a sharp, shrill noise; to tinkle.
  • n. A sharp, quick sound; a tinkle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce or emit a fine, sharp, jingling sound, as of a small metallic body striking upon a larger one; make a tinkling noise.
  • n. A tinking or tinkling sound.
  • To mend as a tinker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make or emit a high sound

Etymologies

Imitative. (Wiktionary)
knit spelled backwards. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The tip landed in the middle of his bony chest and skated over each rib, going * tink, tink, tink* through the handle, like

    Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

  • In Singaporean English (known as Singlish), think is pronounced "tink," and theories is "tee-oh-rees."

    How English Is Evolving Into a Language We May Not Even Understand

  • Lovers stroll by on dirt paths; metal petanque balls "tink" against each other nearby.

    Allez Hoop At The World's Court

  • At one school, for example, state auditors complained that teachers pronounced "words such as violet as 'biolet,' think as 'tink' and swallow the ending sounds of words, as they sometimes do in Spanish."

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • Reports from state auditors say some teachers pronounce words such as think as "tink" and violet as "biolet" and leave off the ending sounds of words, saying "doin" instead of "doing."

    azcentral.com | news

  • While the steel clubs produced the agreeable 'tink' of a well-hit shot, the titanium ones were much louder, described by some as similar to a gun being fired.

    GeoffShackelford.com

  • Listen for the "tink" of hitting the rail telling me I'm getting close.

    Snowflakes in Hell

  • The pedal now clunked againsed the chain guard, and made a nice rythmic "tink" with each revolution.

    TravelPod.com Recent Updates

  • They found the noise generated by the titanium clubs hitting a golf ball is far louder than the "tink" of the steel club making a shot.

    Latest News - UPI.com

  • Who the heck gets up on a summer's day with the anticipation of the "tink" of the bat ringing in their heads?

    Latest Articles

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Also a knitting term meaning to undo a knitting project one stitch at a time, as opposed to "frogging" which undoes many stitches at a time. Origin: "knit" spelled backwards.

    December 2, 2010

  • Jamaican slang for 'think'.

    November 6, 2010