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.
to speak angrily; wrangle.
to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound: He jangled the pots and pans.
to cause to become irritated or upset: The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.
a harsh or discordant sound.
an argument, dispute, or quarrel.
- jangler, noun
- jangly, adjective
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How to use jangle in a sentence
“I have no words to describe what just happened on the court,” Tsitsipas told ESPN’s Jim Courier in an on-court interview, crediting the victory to his ability to manage his emotions after starting out a jangle of nerves.Rafael Nadal toppled by Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open | Liz Clarke | February 17, 2021 | Washington Post
The hip-hop had given way to traditional beats, the jangling guitars of an Oliver Mtukudzi song.
The jangling of small gate-bells made the hillside merry for an instant, then busy silence again took possession.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
I heard the jangling piano playing an accompaniment to the flute-like whistling of Harry Herndon's negro.A Little Union Scout | Joel Chandler Harris
There were no jangling horse-car bells nor dust to disturb him, and almost all the other tables were unoccupied.Gallegher and Other Stories | Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for jangle
to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantly: the telephone jangled
(tr) to produce a jarring effect on: the accident jangled his nerves
a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
an argument or quarrel
- jangler, noun
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