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

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jangler \ ˈjaŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce jangler (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Natalie Erika James' assured first feature demonstrates bracing command of atmospherics, from its tenebrous visuals and labyrinthine production design to its nerve-jangling use of music and a thick soundscape stew of bumps, creaks, thuds and groans. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Relic': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 His strides as a sound designer are front and center, ringing clear through frenetic highs, filtered synths and jangling rhythms. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Emerging Artists: January 2020," 15 Jan. 2020 The chains on his wrists jangled as his hands traveled the keyboard. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Their music was ready to spill out. All they needed was a piano.," 27 July 2019 By the end of the day, the kid’s pockets jangled with nickles. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Famed local hot dog vendor, who always sold food the old-fashioned way, dies at 49," 28 Dec. 2019 Carnival music jangled as the wide-eyed wooden horsies screeched round and round. Wired, "Angry Nerd: Oh My God, Netflix, Please Chill Out!," 19 Nov. 2019 The highly charged score and nerve-jangling sound design by Jon Nicholls also help amplify the sense of looming tragedy. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Touching the Void': Theater Review," 15 Nov. 2019 On Friday night, the German baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber gave a Mahler song recital in the Terrace Theater, courtesy of Vocal Arts DC, that was laced with stabs of sound, like raw and jangling nerves. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Christian Gerhaher’s Mahler recital stabs listeners in the heart," 20 Oct. 2019 The spurs are a jingle-jangling a little bit deep in the heart of Texas. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "It’s an Alabama showcase on Texas’ big weekend," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 There is a certain West Coast folk-rock jangle to the song, although the vocals are a bit more agitated than America, which definitely suits the lyrics. Ed Masley, azcentral, "10 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now: Gorillaz, Pusha T, Father John Misty, No Volcano, Post Hoc," 12 June 2018 By using the properties of music, the sounds Douek and Beckerman envision in Alarm Fatigue could convey more information to caregivers, and in a form that would be easier to grasp—plus more pleasant—than a jangle of unrelated beeps. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "Could Our Housewares Keep Us Healthier?," 3 May 2018 Unsurprisingly, Reggie is the one who supplied his friends with the jingle jangle. refinery29.com, "After That Riverdale Shooting, How Did We Get Here With Reggie?," 3 May 2018 Competing salsa tracks spill out of shops and restaurants; car horns sound off in frustration in standstill traffic; and metal spatulas jangle on the grills of street-side taco stalls. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Mexico City," 16 Apr. 2018

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

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“Jangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jangle. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce jangle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jangle

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


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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