Definitions

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

  • 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
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

Middle English ginglen, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia); compare jangle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Special thanks to Kosta Andreadis for our awesome title jingle!

    IGN Complete

  • Into his head had come a new mantra, a jingle from a commercial on TV when he was growing up, a child of baseball fields and macadam basketball courts with their bent and rusted hoops and the intense otherworldly green of a New York summer, a green so multivalent and assertive it was like a promise of life to come.

    The Silence

  • One thing is for sure; it has nothing whatever to do with the mealy mouthed jingle from the Home Office called the Policing Pledge.

    The Italian Job « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The old Toffifay candy commercial jingle is something that really offended me as a kid.

    2007 October : Scrubbles.net

  • Liberals should stop kidding themselves that some kind of brilliant silver-bullet new jingle is going to turn everything around and stay focused on doing the harder job of changing the underlying attitudes.

    Battle of the Participles

  • This jingle is comedy gold, folks, especially the razzle-dazzle way the unknown little boy (possibly a girl) singer delivers it.

    The Children’s Half-Hour : Scrubbles.net

  • From "The irresistible, singable, stick-in-your-mindable jingle is dead" (Boston Globe):

    Winter scenes

  • And this he does, the scoundrel, grinning to himself as the blows fall and slyly concealing his enthusiasm as the coins jingle into his hat.

    A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago

  • I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Chicago, the jingle is alive and well on local radio commercials, especially those played on the AM all-news station.

    I Feel Like Chicken Tonight : Scrubbles.net

  • [Famousbrand] ’s jingle is rather annoying at the best of times – when tired and cranky, it’s almost an incitement to violence.

    Flights of insanity « Gin&Comment

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