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1twang

noun \ˈtwaŋ\

Definition of TWANG

1
:  a harsh quick ringing sound like that of a plucked banjo string
2
a :  nasal speech or resonance
b :  the characteristic speech of a region, locality, or group of people
3
a :  an act of plucking
b :  pang, twinge
twangy \ˈtwaŋ-ē\ adjective

Origin of TWANG

imitative
First Known Use: circa 1553

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2twang

verb

: to make a harsh, quick sound

twangedtwang·ing \ˈtwaŋ-iŋ\

Full Definition of TWANG

intransitive verb
1
:  to sound with a twang <the couch twanged when he sat down>
2
:  to speak or sound with a nasal intonation
3
:  to throb or twitch with pain or tension
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to sound with a twang
2
:  to utter or pronounce with a nasal twang
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.

First Known Use of TWANG

1570

3twang

noun

Definition of TWANG

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

Origin of TWANG

alteration of tang
First Known Use: circa 1611
TWANGY Defined for Kids

1twang

noun \ˈtwaŋ\

Definition of TWANG for Kids

1
:  a harsh quick ringing sound <The voice cut through the air like the twang of a ricocheting bullet. — John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox>
2
:  speech that seems to be produced by the nose as well as the mouth

2twang

verb
twangedtwang·ing

Definition of TWANG for Kids

:  to sound or cause to sound with a harsh quick ringing noise <He twanged his guitar.>

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