- to give out a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument when plucked.
- to produce such a sound by plucking a stringed musical instrument.
- to have or produce a sharp, nasal tone, as the human voice.
- to cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound, as a string of a musical instrument.
- to produce (music) by plucking the strings of a musical instrument.
- to pluck the strings of (a musical instrument): to twang a guitar.
- to speak with a sharp, nasal tone.
- to pull the string of (an archer's bow).
- to let fly (an arrow).
- the sharp, ringing sound produced by plucking or suddenly releasing a tense string.
- a sound resembling this.
- an act of plucking or picking: He gave his guitar strings a twang.
- a sharp, nasal tone, as of the human voice.
Origin of twang
Examples from the Web for twanged
They twanged, and the sister never guessed that her brother was off.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
She held it away from him, and twanged it with redoubled vigor.In the Morning of Time
Charles G. D. Roberts
The Spaniard twanged his guitar, and the two hunters slept peacefully.The Gold-Seekers
Its wire-strings are twanged with a plectrum made of wood and glass.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
A hard blow was of no use; it only twanged the string disagreeably.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
- a sharp ringing sound produced by or as if by the plucking of a taut stringthe twang of a guitar
- the act of plucking a string to produce such a sound
- a strongly nasal quality in a person's speech, esp in certain dialects
- to make or cause to make a twangto twang a guitar
- to strum (music, a tune, etc)to twang on a guitar
- to speak or utter with a sharp nasal voice
- (intr) to be released or move with a twangthe arrow twanged away
Word Origin and History for twanged
1550s, of imitative origin. Originally of bows and strings; extension to "a nasal vocal sound" is first recorded 1660s. The verb is first attested 1540s. Related: Twanged; twanging.