- to give out a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument when plucked.
- to produce such a sound by plucking a stringed musical instrument.
- to have or produce a sharp, nasal tone, as the human voice.
- to cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound, as a string of a musical instrument.
- to produce (music) by plucking the strings of a musical instrument.
- to pluck the strings of (a musical instrument): to twang a guitar.
- to speak with a sharp, nasal tone.
- to pull the string of (an archer's bow).
- to let fly (an arrow).
- the sharp, ringing sound produced by plucking or suddenly releasing a tense string.
- a sound resembling this.
- an act of plucking or picking: He gave his guitar strings a twang.
- a sharp, nasal tone, as of the human voice.
Origin of twang
Examples from the Web for twang
Contemporary Examples of twang
The twang we hear as emblematic of white country music is actually the direct descendant of black folk music banjo.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
It looks a bit older, but once you hear that gravelly-squeaky Tennessee twang, it hits you: this is Lori Petty.Lori Petty on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ the Halcyon ‘90s, and Discovering Jennifer Lawrence
June 8, 2014
The host spoke her words like an experienced preacher—Mississippi twang in tow—signing off, “to God be the glory.”Oprah's Last Show: Watch the Best Moments
May 25, 2011
Bask in the intergenerational warmth as they rock ‘n’ twang together.A Quick and Dirty Rundown of What to Watch
November 2, 2008
Historical Examples of twang
I have thirteen arrows yet, and if one of them fly unfleshed, then, by the twang of string!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"It has a twang of the wine cask in it," said one, smacking his lips.Tanglewood Tales
Her voice is just like yours; it's got a twang to it like blowing on the edge of a piece of paper.The Universal Reciter
I was glad that my missile had been thrown away,—that he had not even heard the twang of the bow.Lord Jim
Lance heard a twang of Scotch in the “very rare” which pleased him.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
- a sharp ringing sound produced by or as if by the plucking of a taut stringthe twang of a guitar
- the act of plucking a string to produce such a sound
- a strongly nasal quality in a person's speech, esp in certain dialects
- to make or cause to make a twangto twang a guitar
- to strum (music, a tune, etc)to twang on a guitar
- to speak or utter with a sharp nasal voice
- (intr) to be released or move with a twangthe arrow twanged away
Word Origin for twang
1550s, of imitative origin. Originally of bows and strings; extension to "a nasal vocal sound" is first recorded 1660s. The verb is first attested 1540s. Related: Twanged; twanging.