Night—supper over—some one twanging upon a stringed instrument of rude native origin.
Who had heard the twanging of Karkapaha's bow in the retreats of the bear?
Whilst they sate at that meal, the postboy's twanging horn was heard, as he trotted into the village with his letter-bag.
He was crowned with a golden wreath, and he was twanging a kind of harp.
The twanging of guitars and the tinkling of pianos was heard from every house.
What cared he for the twanging harp of Uncle Billy, the droll.
One is lying beside his wares, in an azure jacket and a rose-red sash, twanging a "gunbri," or little Arab mandolin.
The sound of a twanging banjo led him to the front of the kitchen quarters.
The twanging of the fiddles was in her ears celestial music, the candles were the lights of paradise, and this was life.
She persisted, and they started through the twanging and spinning storm.
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.