(Jin"gle) v. i. [OE. gingelen, ginglen; prob. akin to E. chink; cf. also E. jangle.]
1. To sound with a fine, sharp, rattling, clinking, or tinkling sound; as, sleigh bells jingle. [Written also
2. To rhyme or sound with a jingling effect. "Jingling street ballads." Macaulay.
(Jin"gle), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jingled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Jingling ] 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.Pope.
1. A rattling, clinking, or tinkling sound, as of little bells or pieces of metal.
2. 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.Bacon.
3. A correspondence of sound in rhymes, especially when the verse has little merit; hence, the verse
itself." The least jingle of verse." Guardian.
Jingle shell. See Gold shell (b), under Gold.
(Jin"gler) n. One who, or that which, jingles.
(Jin"gling) n. The act or process of producing a jingle; also, the sound itself; a chink. "The jingling
of the guinea." Tennyson.
(Jin"gling*ly), adv. So as to jingle. Lowell.
(Jin"go) n.; pl. Jingoes [Said to be a corruption of St. Gingoulph.]
1. A word used as a jocular oath. "By the living jingo." Goldsmith.
2. A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive, domineering policy in foreign affairs. [Cant,
This sense arose from a doggerel song which was popular during the Turco-Russian war of 1877 and
1878. The first two lines were as follows:
We don't want to fight, but by Jingo if we do,
We 've got the ships, we 've got the men, we 've got the
(Jin"go*ism) n. The policy of the Jingoes, so called. See Jingo, 2. [Cant, Eng.]
(Jin"nee) n.; pl. Jinn [Ar.] (Arabian & Mohammedan Myth.) A genius or demon; one of the
fabled genii, good and evil spirits, supposed to be the children of fire, and to have the power of assuming
various forms. [Written also jin, djinnee, etc.]
Jinn is also used as sing., with pl. jinns
(Jin"ny road`) [Cf. Gin an engine, Ginnycarriage.] (Mining) An inclined road in a coal mine,
on which loaded cars descend by gravity, drawing up empty ones. Knight.