- to produce a harsh, discordant sound, as two comparatively small, thin, or hollow pieces of metal hitting together: The charms on her bracelet jangle as she moves.
- to speak angrily; wrangle.
- to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound: He jangled the pots and pans.
- to cause to become irritated or upset: The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.
- a harsh or discordant sound.
- an argument, dispute, or quarrel.
Origin of jangle
Examples from the Web for jangle
In this jangle of causes and effects what had become of their true selves?Howards End
E. M. Forster
The jangle of the bell in the engine-room would now interrupt him.The Cruise of the Shining Light
A jangle of keys without imposed a sudden lull on the noise.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
The jangle of little bells—the goatherds were going out of the city!Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
He was aroused from a troubled sleep by the jangle of the 'phone.The Green Rust
- to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantlythe telephone jangled
- (tr) to produce a jarring effect onthe accident jangled his nerves
- an archaic word for wrangle
- a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
- an argument or quarrel
Word Origin and History for jangle
c.1300, jangeln, "to talk excessively, chatter, talk idly," from Old French jangler "to chatter, gossip, bawl, argue noisily" (12c.), perhaps from Frankish *jangelon "to jeer" or some other Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch jangelen "to whine"). Meaning "make harsh noise" is first recorded late 15c. Related: Jangled; jangling.
late 13c., "gossip, slanderous conversation, dispute," from Old French jangle, from jangler (see jangle (v.)). Meaning "discordant sound" is from 1795.