[jang-guh l]
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verb (used without object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
  1. 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.
  2. to speak angrily; wrangle.
verb (used with object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
  1. to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound: He jangled the pots and pans.
  2. to cause to become irritated or upset: The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.
  1. a harsh or discordant sound.
  2. 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 formsjan·gler, nounjan·gly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jangle

Historical Examples of jangle

  • In this jangle of causes and effects what had become of their true selves?

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • The jangle of the bell in the engine-room would now interrupt him.

  • A jangle of keys without imposed a sudden lull on the noise.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The jangle of little bells—the goatherds were going out of the city!

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • He was aroused from a troubled sleep by the jangle of the 'phone.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for jangle


  1. to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantlythe telephone jangled
  2. (tr) to produce a jarring effect onthe accident jangled his nerves
  3. an archaic word for wrangle
  1. a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
  2. an argument or quarrel
Derived Formsjangler, noun

Word Origin for jangle

C13: from Old French jangler, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to whine, complain
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Word Origin and History for jangle

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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