Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tingle”

See all translations

tingle

verb [I] uk   /ˈtɪŋ.ɡəl/ us  
to have a feeling as if a lot of sharp points are being put quickly and lightly into your body: My fingers and toes are tingling with the cold. There's a line in that poem that makes my spine tingle every time I read it. When you tingle with an emotion, such as excitement or fear, you feel it very strongly: She tingled with fear as she entered the dark alleyway.

tingle

noun [C] uk   /ˈtɪŋ.ɡəl/ us  
a feeling as if a lot of sharp points are being put quickly and lightly into your body: There's a slight tingle in my wrists. She stroked his head, sending tingles down his spine.
tingly
adjective uk   /-i/ us  
causing a tingle: My massage had left me with a pleasant tingly sensation.
(Definition of tingle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tingle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tingle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More