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jangle

[jang-guh l] /ˈdʒæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), jangled, jangling.
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), jangled, jangling.
3.
to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound:
He jangled the pots and pans.
4.
to cause to become irritated or upset:
The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.
noun
5.
a harsh or discordant sound.
6.
an argument, dispute, or quarrel.
Origin of jangle
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English janglen < Old French jangler < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to haggle, whine
Related forms
jangler, noun
jangly, adjective
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  • It is drawn by a team of gaunt mules, usually six in number, with gay harness, and each animal has jangling bells around its neck.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • In the midst of the Christmas-chimes breaks the jangling of fire-bells.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • And now the thread had snapped, and all the broken, jangling nerves of the man had been loosed and torn his control to atoms.

  • Rodney likened the jangling discords to the confusion of his own life.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • The one church bell (Baptist) and the two little fire bells were jangling merrily when they reached the street.

    Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • His nerves had ceased their jangling under the tautening of necessity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • From within the house a cracked and jangling tinkle echoed faintly, and then quivered into silence.

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • His reverie was broken abruptly by the jangling supper-bell.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The church bells have broken out, and the jangling of them drives me mad.

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British Dictionary definitions for jangling

jangle

/ˈdʒæŋɡəl/
verb
1.
to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantly: the telephone jangled
2.
(transitive) to produce a jarring effect on: the accident jangled his nerves
3.
an archaic word for wrangle
noun
4.
a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
5.
an argument or quarrel
Derived Forms
jangler, 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 jangling

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.

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jangling

jangle

Related Terms

jingle-jangle

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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