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 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 He is also jangled by the sudden presence of his elderly mother, an orthodox nun (scene-stealer Jane Lapotaire) once known as Princess Alice of Battenberg, who found solace from mental illness and emotional demons by devoting her life to charity. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘The Crown’ is back with midlife crises, heavy heads and sterling performances," 14 Nov. 2019 Coolest Emerging Act: Chicago upstarts Beach Bunny make yearning, effervescent indie-pop filled with jangling guitars and earneset 20-something emotion. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 The cup holders jangled with suburban odds and ends — a pair of tiny glasses belonging to his daughter; a bottle of Dry-n-Clear ear drops. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, "Adam Sandler’s Everlasting Shtick," 27 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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“Jangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jangle. Accessed 7 Jun. 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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