jan·​gly ˈjaŋ-g(ə-)lē How to pronounce jangly (audio)
: marked by jangling : having a jangling quality
jangly earrings
jangly guitar music

Examples of jangly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1960s, surf rockers ran their jangly guitars through reverb units to create sonic textures that washed over listeners like waves, paired with dark, propulsive picking that spoke to the danger that lurked below. Hazlitt, 23 Nov. 2022 Leithauser’s signature howl and Barrick’s insistent drumming often contrasted with Martin’s and Bauer’s warm organs and plinking pianos, while Maroon’s jangly guitars could attack and comfort in equal measure. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 Byrne’s sinewy, smooth and confident voice hovers above jangly guitars and hazy production. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 1 May 2023 Though certainly part of the then-burgeoning modern/alt-rock scene, its jangly melodicism was kindred in spirit but something entirely different, sonically, from the domineering likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Gary Graff, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 For Waxahatchee’s Green Stage set, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield brought the jangly ramblers and contemplative ballads off her 2020 album Saint Cloud to dazzling life, backed by members of Detroit band Bonny Doon. Justin Curto, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 To be more precise, the jangly aluminum curtain that drapes UCSF Mission Bay’s huge garage along Third Street. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2020 The Angels of Heaven choir, filled in with a few substitute singers, stepped in to accompany the jangly electronic keyboard and guitars. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2019 With their jangly guitars and radio-ready hooks, Gin Blossoms helped define the sound of popular alternative rock in the early/mid-1990s. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, 19 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jangly was in 1892

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“Jangly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jangly. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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