tinkle [tiŋ′kəl]
tinkled, tinkling [ME tynclen, freq. of tinken, to make a tinkling sound, of echoic orig.]
1. to make a series of small, short, light, ringing sounds like those of a very small bell
2. Informal to urinate: child's term
1. to cause to tinkle
2. to indicate, signal, etc. by tinkling
the act or sound of tinkling
give someone a tinkle
Brit. to call someone on the telephone
tinklier, tinkliest

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