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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jingle make a sound typical of metallic objects "The keys were jingling in his pocket"
    • n jingle a comic verse of irregular measure "he had heard some silly doggerel that kept running through his mind"
    • n jingle a metallic sound "the jingle of coins","the jangle of spurs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The famous Christmas song "Jingle Bells" was written for a Thanksgiving program in 1857 by James Pierpont. At the time, the song was called "The One-Horse Open Sleigh."
    • Jingle A correspondence of sound in rhymes, especially when the verse has little merit; "The least jingle of verse."
    • Jingle A rattling, clinking, or tinkling sound, as of little bells or pieces of metal.
    • Jingle That which makes a jingling sound, as a rattle. "If you plant where savages are, do not only entertain them with trifles and jingles, but use them justly."
    • v. t Jingle To cause to give a sharp metallic sound as a little bell, or as coins shaken together; to tinkle. "The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew."
    • Jingle To rhyme or sound with a jingling effect. "Jingling street ballads."
    • Jingle To sound with a fine, sharp, rattling, clinking, or tinkling sound; as, sleigh bells jingle .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's first singing commercial aired on the radio on Christmas Eve, 1926 for Wheaties cereal. The four male singers, eventually known as the Wheaties Quartet, sang the jingle.
    • jingle To emit tinkling metallic sounds; tinkle or clink, as bells, coins, chains, spurs, keys, or other metallic objects.
    • jingle To have a musical sound, or a light pleasing effect upon the ear, independently of sense, as verse or rimes.
    • jingle To cause to give a tinkling metallic sound, as a little bell or as pieces of metal.
    • n jingle A tinkling or clinking sound, as of little bells or pieces of metal.
    • n jingle Something that jingles; a little bell or rattle; specifically, one of the little metallic disks set in the frame of a tambourine.
    • n jingle Musical or sprightly sound in verse or rimes; poetry or a poem having a musical or sprightly sound, with little sense; a catching array of words, whether verse or prose.
    • n jingle A covered two-wheeled car used in the south of Ireland.
    • n jingle A mollusk of the genus Anomia.
    • n jingle A two-wheeled car (like the Irish jingle) used in some parts of Australia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jingle jing′l a clinking sound: that which makes a rattling sound: a correspondence of sounds: a covered two-wheeled car
    • v.i Jingle to sound with a jingle
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  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “The jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honor feels.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gingelen, ginglen,; prob. akin to E. chink,; cf. also E. jangle,


In literature:

Riders of the Concho usually strode jingling into the ranch-house without formality.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
When the arrangements were concluded Nicholas started empty-handed down the box walk, the money jingling in his pocket.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Presently a cowboy jogged in, his spurs and bit jingling.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
He heard the jingle of a bell, and the tug started right for him.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
She ain't got the jingle, mebby, but she shore is there with the big idee.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
He sat on his rock until the grass was dry, and patiently jingled his cow-bell.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Away they sprang, with a jingle of bells, their feet making no noise in the soft snow.
"Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's" by Laura Lee Hope
He did not know it; but there was a cold hard ring in it, like the crash and jingle of broken glass.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The silver charm bell on the neck chain jingled faintly.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
By touching the spring and causing the bell to jingle he makes his presence known.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
At that moment Fischelowitz entered with jaunty step and smiling face, jingling a quantity of loose silver in his hand.
"A Cigarette-Maker's Romance" by F. Marion Crawford
The sleigh began to drop below the hill, faster and faster, and her pulses kept time to the jingling of the bells.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
A jingle of bells rose upwards suddenly and grew loud.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Hiram's dollar jingled in among its kind.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
The bells of the pony jingled merrily; the day was fine and the sun shone behind the clouds.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
The engine bells were jingling.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
She felt that if he did not stop jingling and begin to speak she should scream.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
With it there jingled the spare latchkey with which Mrs.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They are lined up and one begins to "count out" by repeating a senseless jingle, touching a playmate at each word.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)

In poetry:

On we went through field and hedge,
Loosened bridles jingling;
Long that echo from the ledge
In my ear kept tingling.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
I jingle homely lore,
While you rhyme is with kiss -
Which of us two
Will the earlier rue
The love of the Hoylake Miss?
"On - On - Poet" by Aleister Crowley
An' aye as the shillin's play'd slip aff his loof,
An' jingled into the lave,
He scartit his heid, an' he hotch'd an' lauch'd
Till he scarce could weel behave.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
But long may there linger in England's green lanes
The jingling old shandries and creaking old wains,
And long may they lend in the heat of the day
To weary foot-farers a lift by the way!
"A Lift" by Cicely Fox Smith
Strange, how a mortal by the power of will
And genius, tho' untutored can exalt
Himself, until he will appear
A being from another sphere.
As unlike to the common throng
As rhyming jingle to a stately song.
"A Broadway Idyl" by Mary Eliza Perine Tucker Lambert
So I worked for hours upon it (I go on when I commence),
And I kept in view the rhythm and the jingle and the sense,
And I copied it and took it to my solemn friend once more—
It reminded him of something he had somewhere read before.
"My Literary Friend" by Henry Lawson

In news:

MOBILE, Alabama – So, it's the lack of jingle in our pocketbooks and not our Christmas spirits hampering our holiday shopping habits this yuletide season.
The club is planning to host a Turkey Trot Nov 22 in Liberty Lake and will participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Dec 1 at Riverfront Park in Spokane.
Jingle Bell Fest was held at the Dairy Queen in Kenhorst on Saturday, raising money for a Gov Mifflin student battling lymphoma.
Justin Bieber's dancers were scheduled on a flight from Atlanta to DC to perform at Hot 995's Jingle Ball but the flight was canceled.
You can celebrate the holidays a few weeks early with Y100's Jingle Ball at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Saturday, December 8th.
Shoppers in Florence are hearing a perennially present jingle echoing across parking lots of more than a dozen retail and grocery store locations - the rhythmic reverberation of the bells of Salvation Army workers.
The Not-So-Distant History Of Radio Jingles.
Jingle all the way to New York City this holiday season Originally published December 09, 2012.
The Jingle Bell Jog has more than 500 people signed up.
The Four Season Hotel hosts the seventh annual Georgetown Jingle December 16, 2012, in an effort to raise money for pediactric oncology.
My microspikes gave a jingle as I shoved my map back in my pack.
Chris Richards unwraps Jingle Ball's tiny pop packages.
Over 1,350 people signed up for the 25th annual Jingle Bell Jog.
Apigy has something much better—and it won't jingle in your pocket.
This past Saturday night my wife and I were introduced to the KBEAR audience at the Jingle Ball/2nd Chance Prom.