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jangle

[jang-guh l]
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verb (used without object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
  1. 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.
  2. to speak angrily; wrangle.
verb (used with object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
  1. to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound: He jangled the pots and pans.
  2. to cause to become irritated or upset: The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.
noun
  1. a harsh or discordant sound.
  2. an argument, dispute, or quarrel.

Origin of jangle

1250–1300; Middle English janglen < Old French jangler < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to haggle, whine
Related formsjan·gler, nounjan·gly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jangler

Historical Examples

  • Been all the same if that there jangler had alarmed the whole blessed country.

    Mad

    George Manville Fenn

  • Chaucer, in his description of the Miller, calls this merry narrator of fabliaux a jangler and a goliardeis.

  • And distinctly they heard the faint, far tinkle of the jangler calling again for "full speed ahead."

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for jangler

jangle

verb
  1. to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantlythe telephone jangled
  2. (tr) to produce a jarring effect onthe accident jangled his nerves
  3. an archaic word for wrangle
noun
  1. a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
  2. an argument or quarrel
Derived Formsjangler, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French jangler, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to whine, complain
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Word Origin and History for jangler

jangle

v.

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.

jangle

n.

late 13c., "gossip, slanderous conversation, dispute," from Old French jangle, from jangler (see jangle (v.)). Meaning "discordant sound" is from 1795.

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