- 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.
Origin of jangle
Examples from the Web for jangling
The hip-hop had given way to traditional beats, the jangling guitars of an Oliver Mtukudzi song.My Parents' Brothel
December 6, 2009
His nerves had ceased their jangling under the tautening of necessity.Within the Law
His reverie was broken abruptly by the jangling supper-bell.Dust
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
- to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantlythe telephone jangled
- (tr) to produce a jarring effect onthe accident jangled his nerves
- an archaic word for wrangle
- a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
- an argument or quarrel
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.
late 13c., "gossip, slanderous conversation, dispute," from Old French jangle, from jangler (see jangle (v.)). Meaning "discordant sound" is from 1795.