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[twang-ee] /ˈtwæŋ i/
having the sharp, vibrating tone of a plucked string.
having a nasal voice quality.
Origin of twangy
First recorded in 1885-90; twang + -y1
Related forms
twanginess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sloane's nasal, twangy exclamation was clearly intended to provoke him further.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Their officers rushed wildly to and fro, excitedly waving their swords, shouting in their twangy language above the din of battle.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • The infantry, still looking and chattering in the twangy language of their tribe, were holding their ground.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • The cook flicked on the dial knob and the twangy strains of Hawaiian guitar music came throbbing out.

  • I was sitting in the reading-room of the hotel one day, believing that I was alone, when a twangy voice broke in upon the silence.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
Word Origin and History for twangy

1887, from twang (n.) + -y (2). Related: Twangily; twanginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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