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  • n. A tinkle; a tinkling sound.
  • n. The grackle.
  • adj. One that tinkles.
  • v. Present participle of tinkle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tinkle, or succession of tinkles.
  • n. A grackle (Quiscalus crassirostris) native of Jamaica. It often associates with domestic cattle, and rids them of insects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tinkling noise; the sound of successive tinks or clinks.
  • n. A kind of blackbird, Quiscalus crassirostris, common in Jamaica : so called from its notes.

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

  • adj. like the short high ringing sound of a small bell


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  • The day begins with dazzling light which is described as "tinkling bright silk thread" and "blazing needlework", where "one line springs from another, like vein branching from vein on a birch leaf, or the back of one's hand, or a precious stone".

    From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón - review

  • Later, the bishop led me across his red shag carpet to a white fountain tinkling in the corner of his office.

    God’s Country

  • At nine o'clock went to the Vatican; two large fantails with ostrich feathers; ladies penned up; Pope; cardinals kiss his hand in rotation; address in Latin, tinkling, like water gurgling from a bottle.

    Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals In Two Volumes, Volume I.

  • Because of the years of subjecting my eardrums to the sounds of high energy dance music, I thought he said "tinkling".

    unclebob Diary Entry

  • After dinner, when Celia was playing an "air, with variations," a small kind of tinkling which symbolized the aesthetic part of the young ladies 'education, Dorothea went up to her room to answer Mr. Casaubon's letter.

    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life (1900)

  • I could hear the sound of ice being scooped and dropped into tumblers, the sound of adults walking past with the liquid and frozen water making "tinkling" noises around me.

    Adoro te Devote

  • 'tinkling' of Peter's hammer to know a brief respite.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • a small kind of tinkling which symbolized the aesthetic part of the young ladies 'education, Dorothea went up to her room to answer


  • My mother is and was a great beauty which meant, culturally: a Jewish girl with a straight nose—a charming woman who had big boobs and a small waist, a nice rear end, a lovely smile, a tinkling laugh, and an admiring glance for every handsome man she ever saw.

    Roseanne Archy

  • She rides around and around in circles, ringing her persistent tinkling bell.

    The Memory Palace


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  • Also a coy (usually female) euphemism for urination.

    July 8, 2008