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Meaning of jingle

jin•gle

Pronunciation: ( jing'gul), [key]
— v., n. -gled, -gling,
—v.i.
  1. to make clinking or tinkling sounds, as do coins, keys, or other light, resonant metal objects when coming into contact or being struck together repeatedly: The keys on his belt jingled as he walked.
  2. to move or proceed with such sounds: The sleigh, decorated with bells, jingled along the snowy road.
  3. to sound in a light, repetitious manner suggestive of this, as verse, a sequence of words, or piece of music.
  4. to make rhymes.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to jingle: He jingled the coins in his pocket.
—n.
  1. a tinkling or clinking sound, as of small bells or of small pieces of resonant metal repeatedly struck one against another.
  2. something that makes such a sound, as a small bell or a metal pendant.
  3. a catchy succession of like or repetitious sounds, as in music or verse.
  4. a piece of verse or a short song having such a catchy succession of sounds, usually of a light or humorous character: an advertising jingle.
  5. a loosely sprung, two-wheeled, roofed carriage, usually used as a hackney coach.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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