jan·​gle | \ ˈjaŋ-gəl How to pronounce jangle (audio) \
jangled; jangling\ ˈjaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce jangle (audio) \

Definition of jangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a harsh or discordant often ringing sound keys jangling in my pocket
2 : to quarrel verbally
3 : to talk idly

transitive verb

1a : to cause to sound harshly or inharmoniously
b : to excite to tense irritation jangled nerves
2 : to utter or sound in a discordant, babbling, or chattering way



Definition of jangle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a discordant often ringing sound the jangle of spurs
2 : noisy quarreling
3 : idle talk

Other Words from jangle


jangler \ ˈjaŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce jangle (audio) \ noun

Examples of jangle in a Sentence

Verb Coins jangled out of the machine. He jangled his keys loudly outside the door. Noun the hall was abuzz with the usual preconvention jangle
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like several other Indian genres, Kathak employs anklets bearing dozens of tiny bells that jangle with the steps of bare feet; the meters sounded by Mr. Maharaj’s anklets were often astounding. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 Nerves seemed to jangle several top competitors, and clean landings were hard to find. John Branch, New York Times, 25 July 2021 Announcing a timetable for dialing back bond buying would likely spook markets — but not addressing inflation at all could also jangle nerves on Wall Street. NBC News, 16 June 2021 The five-toned chimes would bang out quick arpeggios or jangle together in messy chords. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 With four decades of down-and-out and so-it-goes jangle behind him, the Book of Bruce — part near-biblical tract, part noir novella — is as good as national scripture, and its author sacred as our bard in jeans. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 The readings will jangle nerves at the European Central Bank and add fuel to the argument for more stimulus. Alexander Weber, Bloomberg.com, 2 Oct. 2020 Approaching the drop zone, the bomb bay bell jangled loudly, the payload door retracted, and the plane gave a gentle lurch. oregonlive, 24 May 2020 With home nerves jangling, the two speedy wingers, substitute Fukuoka and then Matsushima, delivered the final thrills. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trumpets blare at the voice-cracking top of their register over a cool upright bass line and the incongruous junkyard jangle of toy piano. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 The jangle of references is a bit disconcerting — what are Sleeping Beauty’s companions doing on an antebellum plantation in northern New Jersey? Justin Davidson, Curbed, 16 June 2021 Without Keuning’s jangle and riff shards, The Killers have a more poppy sound. Mark Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, 18 Aug. 2020 Without Keuning's jangle and riff shards, The Killers have a more poppy sound. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 18 Aug. 2020 Also crucial is Murphy's particular knack for using music and color to convey the hothouse longings of her characters; heady metaphors served in the atonal jangle of post punk or the throbbing kaleidoscope of strobe lights at a house party. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 17 June 2020 The return of the character was teased in the first season of the Star Wars drama series, when a pair of black boots with a familiar-sounding jangle entered the frame at the end of one episode. James Hibberd, EW.com, 8 May 2020 The singer-guitarist also channels some of the anthemic jangle of Tom Petty and the working-class themes of Bruce Springsteen. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2019 Down a flight of stairs, away from the cars, the riverwalk was designed as a refuge from the hubbub, a civilizing force in the urban push and jangle. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, 17 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of jangle


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for jangle


Middle English, from Anglo-French jangler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch jangelen to grumble

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More Definitions for jangle


jan·​gle | \ ˈjaŋ-gəl How to pronounce jangle (audio) \
jangled; jangling

Kids Definition of jangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make a sound like the harsh ringing of a bell He jangled his keys.



Kids Definition of jangle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a harsh often ringing sound

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