[ twang ]
/ twæŋ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. tw,
  2. twa,
  3. twaddle,
  4. twain,
  5. twain, mark,
  6. twangle,
  7. twangy,
  8. twat,
  9. twattle,
  10. twayblade

Origin of twang

First recorded in 1535–45; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twang

British Dictionary definitions for twang


/ (twæŋ) /


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


Derived Formstwangy, adjective

Word Origin for twang

C16: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper