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twang

play
noun \ˈtwaŋ\

Definition of twang

  1. 1 :  a harsh quick ringing sound like that of a plucked banjo string

  2. 2a :  nasal speech or resonanceb :  the characteristic speech of a region, locality, or group of people

  3. 3a :  an act of pluckingb :  pang, twinge

twangy play \ˈtwaŋ-ē\ adjective


Origin of twang

imitative


First Known Use: circa 1553

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twang

verb

Simple Definition of twang

  • : to make a harsh, quick sound

Full Definition of twang

twangedtwang·ing play \ˈtwaŋ-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sound with a twang <the couch twanged when he sat down>

  3. 2 :  to speak or sound with a nasal intonation

  4. 3 :  to throb or twitch with pain or tension

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to sound with a twang

  7. 2 :  to utter or pronounce with a nasal twang

  8. 3 :  to pluck the string of <twang a guitar>

twang·er noun

Examples of twang

  1. The rope twanged when it snapped.

  2. He was twanging the strings of the guitar.



1570

First Known Use of twang

1570


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twang

noun

Definition of twang

  1. 1 :  a persisting flavor, taste, or odor :  tang

  2. 2 :  suggestion, trace



Origin of twang

alteration of tang


First Known Use: circa 1611


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