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[jang-guh l]
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.
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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.
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  1. a harsh or discordant sound.
  2. an argument, dispute, or quarrel.
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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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Related Words for jangling

din, dissonance, clash, uproar, roar, babel, jar, clang, rattle, hubbub, hullabaloo, reverberation, tumult, racket, pandemonium, clangor, clank, discord, disaccord, vibrate

Examples from the Web for jangling

Contemporary Examples of jangling

Historical Examples of jangling

  • His nerves had ceased their jangling under the tautening of necessity.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • His reverie was broken abruptly by the jangling supper-bell.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He, himself, already felt the nagging effect of jangling nerves.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The voice that had been musical now rang with jangling discord.

    The Bronze Hand

    Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)

  • Such a jangling of harness, such a flashing of polished surfaces!

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

British Dictionary definitions for jangling


  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
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  1. a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
  2. an argument or quarrel
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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 jangling



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.

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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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