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[jang-guh l] /ˈdʒæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), jangled, jangling.
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.
verb (used with object), jangled, jangling.
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
1250-1300; Middle English janglen < Old French jangler < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to haggle, whine
Related forms
jangler, noun
jangly, adjective Unabridged
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  • His nerves had ceased their jangling under the tautening of necessity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His reverie was broken abruptly by the jangling supper-bell.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • He, himself, already felt the nagging effect of jangling nerves.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The voice that had been musical now rang with jangling discord.

    The Bronze Hand Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
  • Such a jangling of harness, such a flashing of polished surfaces!

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • And when Mrs. Ladybug moved a jingling, jangling sound might have been heard.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Now come in here, Nina and Fannie, and for pity's sake let us have no more of this jangling.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • The jangling strings roused the pretended sleeper from her dreams.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • In the midst of the Christmas-chimes breaks the jangling of fire-bells.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
British Dictionary definitions for jangling


to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantly: the telephone jangled
(transitive) to produce a jarring effect on: the accident jangled his nerves
an archaic word for wrangle
a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
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



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.

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