Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To have the sensation of being tapped or poked lightly with many needles in a certain area of the body, often caused by the cold, a sharp slap, or excitement.
  • intransitive verb To cause such a sensation.
  • intransitive verb To cause to tingle.
  • noun A tingling sensation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a succession of clear ringing sounds; jingle; tinkle.
  • To have a prickling or stinging sensation, as with cold; experience a sensation of thrills or slight prickly pains, as from a sudden tremulous excitement of the nerves.
  • To cause a tingling sensation; act so as to produce a prickling or thrilling effect.
  • To cause to tingle; ring; tinkle.
  • noun A tink or tinkle; a tinkling sound.
  • noun A tingling sensation; a state of nervous prickling or thrilling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To feel a kind of thrilling sensation, as in hearing a shrill sound.
  • intransitive verb To feel a sharp, thrilling pain.
  • intransitive verb To have, or to cause, a sharp, thrilling sensation, or a slight pricking sensation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To have a prickling or mildly stinging sensation.
  • verb To make ringing sounds, to twang.
  • noun A prickling or stinging sensation.

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

  • verb cause a stinging or tingling sensation
  • noun a somatic sensation as from many tiny prickles
  • noun an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English tinglen, alteration of tinklen; see tinkle.]

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