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tin·kle

 (tĭng′kəl)
v. tin·kled, tin·kling, tin·kles
v.intr.
1. To make light metallic sounds, as those of a small bell.
2. Informal To urinate.
v.tr.
1. To cause to tinkle.
2. To signal or call by tinkling.
n.
1. A light, clear metallic sound or a sound suggestive of it.
2. An act or instance of tinkling.

[Middle English tinklen, frequentative of tinken, to emit a brief metallic sound, perhaps of imitative origin.]

tin′kly adj.

tinkle

(ˈtɪŋkəl)
vb
1. to ring or cause to ring with a series of high tinny sounds, like a small bell
2. (tr) to announce or summon by such a ringing
3. (intr) informal Brit to urinate
n
4. a high clear ringing sound
5. the act of tinkling
6. (Telecommunications) informal Brit a telephone call
[C14: of imitative origin]
ˈtinkling adj, n
ˈtinkly adj

tin•kle

(ˈtɪŋ kəl)

v. -kled, -kling,
n. v.i.
1. to make light ringing sounds, as a small bell.
v.t.
2. to cause to tinkle.
3. to make known by tinkling: to tinkle the time.
n.
4. a tinkling sound.
5. an act or instance of tinkling.
6. a telephone call.
[1350–1400; Middle English tynclen, frequentative of tinken to clink; imitative]
tin′kly, adj. -kli•er, -kli•est.

tinkle


Past participle: tinkled
Gerund: tinkling

Imperative
tinkle
tinkle
Present
I tinkle
you tinkle
he/she/it tinkles
we tinkle
you tinkle
they tinkle
Preterite
I tinkled
you tinkled
he/she/it tinkled
we tinkled
you tinkled
they tinkled
Present Continuous
I am tinkling
you are tinkling
he/she/it is tinkling
we are tinkling
you are tinkling
they are tinkling
Present Perfect
I have tinkled
you have tinkled
he/she/it has tinkled
we have tinkled
you have tinkled
they have tinkled
Past Continuous
I was tinkling
you were tinkling
he/she/it was tinkling
we were tinkling
you were tinkling
they were tinkling
Past Perfect
I had tinkled
you had tinkled
he/she/it had tinkled
we had tinkled
you had tinkled
they had tinkled
Future
I will tinkle
you will tinkle
he/she/it will tinkle
we will tinkle
you will tinkle
they will tinkle
Future Perfect
I will have tinkled
you will have tinkled
he/she/it will have tinkled
we will have tinkled
you will have tinkled
they will have tinkled
Future Continuous
I will be tinkling
you will be tinkling
he/she/it will be tinkling
we will be tinkling
you will be tinkling
they will be tinkling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tinkling
you have been tinkling
he/she/it has been tinkling
we have been tinkling
you have been tinkling
they have been tinkling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tinkling
you will have been tinkling
he/she/it will have been tinkling
we will have been tinkling
you will have been tinkling
they will have been tinkling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tinkling
you had been tinkling
he/she/it had been tinkling
we had been tinkling
you had been tinkling
they had been tinkling
Conditional
I would tinkle
you would tinkle
he/she/it would tinkle
we would tinkle
you would tinkle
they would tinkle
Past Conditional
I would have tinkled
you would have tinkled
he/she/it would have tinkled
we would have tinkled
you would have tinkled
they would have tinkled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinkle - a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.tinkle - make or emit a high sound; "tinkling bells"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"

tinkle

verb
1. ring, chime, jingle, ping, ding, jangle, chink, peal, clink The bell tinkled as the door opened.
2. splash, babble, burble, purl, plash (literary) We strolled past tinkling fountains and perfumed gardens.
noun
1. ring, chime, jingle, ping, ding, jangle, chink, peal, clink the icy tinkle of the bell as he entered
2. splash, babble, burble, purl, plash (literary) the tinkle of a Japanese water garden
3. (Brit. informal) call, ring (Brit. informal), buzz (informal), bell (Brit. informal), phone call, telephone call I'll give you a tinkle around five.
Translations
رَنينيَرِن، يَدُق
cinkatcinkot
klirreklirren
csilingel
klingja, láta hringja/klingjaklingjandi hljóî, hringl
skambtelėjimassužvangėtitilindžiavimas
šķindašķindētšķindinātšķindoņa
zacinkať
çıngırda makçıngırtıtıngırda mak

tinkle

[ˈtɪŋkl]
A. N
1. [of bell etc] → tintín m, tintineo m
2. (Brit) (Telec) → llamada f
give me a tinkle some timellámame or pégame un telefonazo algún día
B. VItintinear
C. VThacer tintinear

tinkle

[ˈtɪŋkəl]
vitinter
n (= phone call) to give sb a tinkle → passer un coup de fil à qntin mine nmine f d'étain

tinkle

vtzum Klingen bringen; he tinkled the beller klingelte (mit der Glocke)
vi
(bells etc)klingen, bimmeln (inf); (on piano) → klimpern; (breaking glass, ice cubes)klirren
(inf: = to urinate) → pinkeln (inf)
nKlingen nt no pl, → Bimmeln nt no pl (inf); (of breaking glass, ice cubes)Klirren nt no pl; to give somebody a tinkle (Brit inf, on telephone) → jdn anbimmeln (inf)

tinkle

[ˈtɪŋkl]
1. n
a. (of bell) → tintinnio (Brit) (fam) give me a tinkledammi un colpetto di telefono
b. (fam) (act of urinating) → pipì fsg
2. vi (bell) → tintinnare

tinkle

(ˈtiŋkl) verb
to (cause to) make a sound of, or like, the ringing of small bells. The doorbell tinkled.
noun
this sound. I heard the tinkle of glass chimes.
References in classic literature ?
That evening calm betrayed alike the tinkle of the nearest streams, the sough of the most remote.
I should hear it still rippling on with its gentle harpsichord tinkle, as I stretched myself down among the cool lavendered sheets, and little by little let slip the multifarious world.
He was justified by the event; for the footpath soon after appeared a little wider and more worn, and the tinkle of a small bell gave the knight to understand that he was in the vicinity of some chapel or hermitage.
There is the creaking of a chain, and the loud tinkle as the check of the capstan falls into the ratchet.
A dark regiment moved before them, and from behind also came the tinkle of equipments on the bodies of marching men.
From afar at the end of Tsar Peter Straat, issued in the frosty air the tinkle of bells of the horse tramcars, appearing and disappearing in the opening between the buildings, like little toy carriages harnessed with toy horses and played with by people that appeared no bigger than children.
A little tinkle, as of cinders falling from a grate, replied; a movement--a fire was gently stirred; and the slight rustle of life continuing, a step paced equably backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, in the apartment.
The scales are either taken out of the maker's pockets by the workers, or tinkle down on the workers while they wait.
The voices of early evening had settled down to one soothing hum whose deepest note was the steady chumping of the bullocks above their chopped straw, and whose highest was the tinkle of a Bengali dancing-girl's sitar.
This effect was the dim reverberating tinkle as of some far-off bell hung who should say where?
Often I had to lose sight of it on account of the tangled brush-wood, but I was always within earshot of its tinkle and splash.
There was a bell beside the gate, and Dorothy pushed the button and heard a silvery tinkle sound within.