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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TINKLE

Gracie asked, running off the final notes in a tinkle of melody.

Joseph heard the tinkle of a falling blade, and assumed it to be Kenneth's.

A tinkle of cutlery and a slight jingle of glasses were heard.

Not until the fourth tinkle had been heard was there any other sound within the house.

There was a tinkle at my bell, and I left her to open the door.

From the gallery overhead came the tinkle of a rota, a kind of guitar.

Presently I heard the tinkle of a bell from the box which he had unlocked.

I'm going straight for the point where the tinkle of the bell came from.

I rang the bell and heard its tinkle far away within the dwelling.

Miss Junk appeared in answer to the tinkle of the bell and removed the food.

WORD ORIGIN

"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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TINKLE

chime

verbring, peal
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.