jangle

verb
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

jangle

noun
Definition of jangle (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : a discordant often ringing sound the jangle of spurs
2 : noisy quarreling
3 : idle talk

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from jangle

Verb

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The five-toned chimes would bang out quick arpeggios or jangle together in messy chords. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "“Darkness Sounding” Takes Music Outside," 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, "‘Letter to You’ is a concept album by, and about the endurance of, Bruce Springsteen," 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, "ECB Inflation Risks Mount as Prices Drop More Than Forecast," 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, "Memorial Day 2020: Remembering 2 Oregon airmen in World War II," 24 May 2020 With home nerves jangling, the two speedy wingers, substitute Fukuoka and then Matsushima, delivered the final thrills. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dream still on: Wondrous Japan gets win, bonus point v Samoa," 5 Oct. 2019 Nevertheless, Match of the Day did their best to get the Magpies' nerves jangling... As much as Gary Lineker and his goons tried, Steve Bruce's boys held firm. SI.com, "Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Twitter Reacts as the Lilywhites Fall to Shock Home Defeat," 25 Aug. 2019 But a recent string of incidents has left nerves especially jangled. The Economist, "The threat within Germany is belatedly waking up to the threat of far-right terrorism," 27 Feb. 2020 Inside the last 10 minutes the nerves inside really began jangling, not aided by some sloppy play from Liverpool's defenders. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool beat Watford to extend unbeaten Premier League run to 34 games," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Without Keuning’s jangle and riff shards, The Killers have a more poppy sound. Mark Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "Review: The Killers return with songs of women and loyalty," 18 Aug. 2020 Without Keuning's jangle and riff shards, The Killers have a more poppy sound. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: The Killers return with songs of women and loyalty," 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, "Australian indie Babyteeth breathes life into terminal illness and teen romance: Review," 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, "'The Mandalorian' casts Temuera Morrison to return as Boba Fett: Report," 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, "Lollapalooza 2019: Roller skating and Fantastic Negrito takes us to church (without the religion) on day 3," 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, "Let's not wreck our riverwalk by letting it become a waterfront frat party," 17 May 2018 Accessories such as a statement necklace, a jangle of (fake) bangles, dangly earrings and a colorful, gauzy scarf will add zip to a basic look. Amy Tara Koch, Washington Post, "Leave the suitcase at home. Here’s why you should just take a carry-on, and how to pack it.," 7 June 2019 The Sugarman Another victim of the Black Hood, the Sugarman, also known as Mr. Philips, was an English teacher at Southside High with a side job as a drug supplier of jingle jangle. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jangle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of jangle

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for jangle

Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jangle

Time Traveler for jangle Time Traveler

The first known use of jangle was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for jangle

Last Updated

4 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Jangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jangle. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for jangle

jangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jangle

: to make a harsh ringing sound
: to cause (something) to make a harsh ringing sound

jangle

verb
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.

jangle

noun
Kids Definition of jangle (Entry 2 of 2)
: a harsh often ringing sound

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on jangle

What made you want to look up jangle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!