twang

noun (1)
\ ˈtwaŋ How to pronounce twang (audio) \

Definition of twang

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : nasal speech or resonance
b : the characteristic speech of a region, locality, or group of people
2 : a harsh quick ringing sound like that of a plucked banjo string
3a : an act of plucking
b : pang, twinge

twang

verb
twanged; twanging\ ˈtwaŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce twang (audio) \

Definition of twang (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to sound with a twang the couch twanged when he sat down
2 : to speak or sound with a nasal intonation
3 : to throb or twitch with pain or tension

transitive verb

1 : to cause to sound with a twang
2 : to utter or pronounce with a nasal twang
3 : to pluck the string of twang a guitar

twang

noun (2)

Definition of twang (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a persisting flavor, taste, or odor : tang

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Other Words from twang

Noun (1)

twangy \ ˈtwaŋ-​ē How to pronounce twang (audio) \ adjective

Verb

twanger noun

Examples of twang in a Sentence

Verb The rope twanged when it snapped. He was twanging the strings of the guitar.

First Known Use of twang

Noun (1)

circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twang

Noun (1)

imitative

Noun (2)

alteration of tang

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The first known use of twang was circa 1553

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“Twang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twang. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for twang

twang

verb

English Language Learners Definition of twang

: to make a harsh, quick sound

twang

noun
\ ˈtwaŋ How to pronounce twang (audio) \

Kids Definition of twang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a harsh quick ringing sound The voice cut through the air like the twang of a ricocheting bullet.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox
2 : speech that seems to be produced by the nose as well as the mouth

twang

verb
twanged; twanging

Kids Definition of twang (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sound or cause to sound with a harsh quick ringing noise He twanged his guitar.

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