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verb (used without object)
  1. to give out a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument when plucked.

  2. to produce such a sound by plucking a stringed musical instrument.

  1. to have or produce a sharp, nasal tone, as the human voice.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound, as a string of a musical instrument.

  2. to produce (music) by plucking the strings of a musical instrument.

  1. to pluck the strings of (a musical instrument): to twang a guitar.

  2. to speak with a sharp, nasal tone.

  3. to pull the string of (an archer's bow).

  4. to let fly (an arrow).

  1. the sharp, ringing sound produced by plucking or suddenly releasing a tense string.

  2. a sound resembling this.

  1. an act of plucking or picking: He gave his guitar strings a twang.

  2. a sharp, nasal tone, as of the human voice.

Origin of twang

First recorded in 1535–45; imitative

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How to use twang in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for twang


/ (twæŋ) /

  1. a sharp ringing sound produced by or as if by the plucking of a taut string: the twang of a guitar

  2. the act of plucking a string to produce such a sound

  1. a strongly nasal quality in a person's speech, esp in certain dialects

  1. to make or cause to make a twang: to twang a guitar

  2. to strum (music, a tune, etc): to twang on a guitar

  1. to speak or utter with a sharp nasal voice

  2. (intr) to be released or move with a twang: the arrow twanged away

Origin of twang

C16: of imitative origin

Derived forms of twang

  • twangy, adjective

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