[ jang-guhl ]
/ ˈdʒæŋ gəl /
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verb (used without object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
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.
verb (used with object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
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.
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Origin of jangle
1250–1300; Middle English janglen<Old French jangler<Germanic; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to haggle, whine
OTHER WORDS FROM janglejangler, nounjangly, adjective
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How to use jangle in a sentence
There is a raw, jangly feeling that seizes you, the force of life making itself known.Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow|David Morris|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for jangle
/ (ˈdʒæŋɡəl) /
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
Derived forms of janglejangler, noun
Word Origin for jangle
C13: from Old French jangler, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to whine, complain
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