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jangle

play
verb jan·gle \ ˈjaŋ-gəl \

Definition of jangle

jangled; jangling play \ˈjaŋ-g(ə-)liŋ\
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
1 a :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

jangler

play \ˈjaŋ-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of jangle in a Sentence

  1. Coins jangled out of the machine.

  2. He jangled his keys loudly outside the door.

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Origin and Etymology of jangle

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


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jangle

noun

Definition of jangle

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

Examples of jangle in a Sentence

  1. the hall was abuzz with the usual preconvention jangle

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First Known Use of jangle

14th century



JANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

jangle

play
verb

Definition of jangle for English Language Learners

  • : to make a harsh ringing sound

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


JANGLE Defined for Kids

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jangle

play
verb jan·gle \ ˈjaŋ-gəl \

Definition of jangle for Students

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

Headscratcher for jangle

Jangle and jingle are close in spelling, and in meaning, too. To jangle is to make a harsh ringing sound, while to jingle is to make a light ringing sound.


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jangle

noun

Definition of jangle for Students

:a harsh often ringing sound


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