Definition of jingle in English:



  • 1A light ringing sound such as that made by metal objects being shaken together.

    ‘the jingle of a bridle’
    • ‘It reduces them to the level of a jingle, a word that describes the sound of change in your pocket, which is what your songs become.’
    • ‘Suddenly he heard the slight jingle of keys in the hallway, followed by footsteps.’
    • ‘Then he realized it was the jingle of harness as Hoss and Joe pulled back into the yard.’
    • ‘All this happened at a time when other High Street retailers have been listening to the satisfying jingles of ringing cash registers.’
    • ‘There is an occasional cough, the shuffle of a footstep, the jingle of some coins, and the rattle of newspapers.’
    • ‘Leaning back slightly, he felt the porcelain gun on the inside of his coat, rubbing against his side, and the light jingle of a jar of pills.’
    • ‘The sound of horses stopping and the jingle of the reigns is all she hears.’
    • ‘The rhythmic beating of hooves, and jingle of the harness fell into sync with the serenade of the forest.’
    • ‘She pushed past him and the bell gave a light jingle once more.’
    • ‘I could hear a jingle of keys and the bar doors opening.’
    • ‘She found her keys, their familiar jingle rattling her.’
    • ‘The jingle of her anklets was matched by the jingle of her laughter.’
    • ‘There came a teasing jingle sound and the youth smiled eagerly.’
    • ‘After a moment, I heard his footsteps fade into a jingle of keys and a hacking cough.’
    • ‘Drake took a tight grip of the man's shoulders, but couldn't stop him from falling onto his side and rolling over onto his back with a metal jingle.’
    • ‘He opened the glass door to leave, which resulted in a familiar jingle, breaking the persistent silence.’
    • ‘Janet immediately shot up when she heard the jingle of keys just outside the entrance.’
    • ‘Spasms of alto sax meet the outer edge of the record, accompanied by the jingle of a music box and the rattle of metal shards dropping to the floor.’
    • ‘His index finger looped through a chain of car keys and he shook it with a jingle over his shoulder.’
    • ‘Abruptly, Adrian heard the sound of a jingle coming from outside his apartment door.’
    clink, chink, tinkle, jangle, rattle
    tinkle, ring, ding, ping, ting-a-ling, chime
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  • 2A short slogan, verse, or tune designed to be easily remembered, especially as used in advertising.

    ‘he makes up advertising jingles’
    • ‘Nowadays on every street corner you cannot escape the irritating jingle of the dreaded ringtone!’
    • ‘But I wasn't surprised that the insistent commercial jingles of her childhood remained embedded in her brain.’
    • ‘If you remember this radio jingle, well, you're cool.’
    • ‘In their mouths it sounds like an ad jingle.’
    • ‘They drive SUVs and talk in advertising jingles.’
    • ‘When the neighborhood children learned of this, they began to make fun of him by singing jingles.’
    • ‘Laurie undergoes a series of trials, trying to find some backbone against his phobias, while singing TV jingles.’
    • ‘His newscasts are announced by a familiar jingle, and the newsroom is a white antiseptic box.’
    • ‘Evil Gazebo could write jingles for products that haven't been marketed yet.’
    • ‘Ronnie, the bass player, has made a fortune writing advertising jingles.’
    • ‘Luckily, the peddlers of this dangerous message haven't come up with a catchy jingle.’
    • ‘But that doesn't make such a catchy jingle, does it, Bob?’
    • ‘We can sing the jingles of our favorite brands.’
    • ‘He went on to a varied career which included writing jingles and having some success acting.’
    • ‘We sing jingles, eat media recommended food and rely on the media to communicate with our dear ones.’
    • ‘An appropriate gift for the people of Taiwan, a ‘gift that goes on giving’ as the advertising jingle says, would be a true bill of rights.’
    • ‘After thousands of ad jingles, her voice became known enough to get chances of TV serials.’
    • ‘I want a link for the Mr. Machine TV commercial jingle.’
    • ‘You can read about the escapade, with annoying advertising jingle here.’
    • ‘Michael, it turns out, works freelance, as a composer of radio jingles.’
    slogan, catchline, catchphrase
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  • 3A bivalve mollusc with a fragile, slightly translucent shell.

    • ‘Where space permits, oysters and jingle shells sometimes anchor themselves to the horseshoe crab.’


  • 1Make or cause to make a light metallic ringing sound.

    [no object] ‘her bracelets were jingling’
    [with object] ‘he jingled the coins in his purse’
    • ‘They jingled loudly as she raised them, proceeding to unlock the cell.’
    • ‘Her ankle bracelets jingle as she paces the Persian carpet.’
    • ‘Male dancers stomp and leap while waving pieces of cloth and jingling bells.’
    • ‘Coins jingled into the dust followed by jewelry, daggers, and knives.’
    • ‘She had run out the door with my keys jingling in her hands.’
    • ‘Coins jingled freely in his pocket as he strolled toward the man and his cart.’
    • ‘Eva stood, flinging her arms up in the air, her bracelets jingling like tiny silver bells.’
    • ‘Her looped earrings jingled lightly as she shook her head every so often.’
    • ‘The door jingled merrily as Maria pushed it open.’
    • ‘Sophia started to tug the Guard's navy dress coat, lightly jingling the badges on her left breast pocket.’
    • ‘The explosives jingled loudly in the night air and the soldier turned in surprise.’
    • ‘I felt the coins jingling in my pockets.’
    • ‘Hearing her earrings jingling, I easily pictured her nodding like a lapdog.’
    • ‘Gold jewelry jingled softly around her neck and wrists.’
    • ‘The group of sleigh bells hung above the door jingled merrily as Wendy and Samantha entered the general store.’
    • ‘They walked down to the car that way, Aaron's keys jingling in his pocket.’
    • ‘Candace walked silently beside us, earrings jingling with each step.’
    • ‘As the bell on the door jingled, Muller looked up from the counter.’
    • ‘She flexed her left wrist at Cath, and more bracelets jingled against her black athletic watch.’
    • ‘He sat back in the driver's seat and played with the keys, which jingled lightly.’
    clink, chink, tinkle, jangle, rattle, clank
    tinkle, ring, ding, ping, go ting-a-ling, chime
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    1. 1.1[no object](of writing) be full of alliteration or rhymes.


Late Middle English: imitative.