v. tin·kled, tin·kling, tin·kles
1. To make light metallic sounds, as those of a small bell.
2. Informal To urinate.
1. To cause to tinkle.
2. To signal or call by tinkling.
1. A light, clear metallic sound or a sound suggestive of it.
2. An act or instance of tinkling.
[Middle English tinklen, frequentative of tinken, to emit a brief metallic sound, perhaps of imitative origin.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.