- 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 twanging
It was twanging like a harp-string, at the rate of nearly a hundred and fifty a minute.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Who had heard the twanging of Karkapaha's bow in the retreats of the bear?Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
He was crowned with a golden wreath, and he was twanging a kind of harp.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches
The Master said, What has the lute of Yu to do, twanging at my door?The Sayings Of Confucius
They strained their ears for some warning sound—or for the twanging of bowstrings.Brothers of Peril
Theodore Goodridge Roberts
- 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 twanging
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.