verb (used without object), tin·kled, tin·kling.

  1. to give forth or make a succession of short, light, ringing sounds, as a small bell.
  2. to run one’s fingers lightly over a keyboard instrument or to play such an instrument simply or badly.
  3. Baby Talk. to urinate.

verb (used with object), tin·kled, tin·kling.

  1. to cause to tinkle or jingle: The goat tinkled its bell every time it raised its head. Who’s tinkling the piano?
  2. to make known, call attention to, attract, or summon by tinkling.


  1. a tinkling sound or tune.
  2. an act or instance of tinkling.
  3. Informal. a telephone call: Give me a tinkle before you leave for Europe.


  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) British informal to urinate


  1. a high clear ringing sound
  2. the act of tinkling
  3. British informal a telephone call

v.“to make a gentle ringing sound,” late 14c., possibly a frequentative form of tinken “to ring, jingle,” perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning “to urinate” is recorded from 1960, from childish talk. Related: Tinkled; tinkling.

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