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.
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How to use twang in a sentence
She’d become incredibly popular in the thru-hiking community, my friend continued, a star borne of sweat, tent stakes, and twang.
The twang we hear as emblematic of white country music is actually the direct descendant of black folk music banjo.
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 | Marlow Stern | June 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She has a gulpy, southern twang to her voice, which can be annoying.
Orner speaks with the salty twang of her native Melbourne, Australia.
Every summer needs a nice, simple tune with a good twang for sing-alongs on long drives with the windows down.10 ‘Song of the Summer’ Contenders From Daft Punk to Ciara (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | July 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The nighthawks swooped in the pale zenith with the twang of smitten chords.Earth's Enigmas | Charles G. D. Roberts
The nasal twang of Yankeedom is a plant that 99 needs no nourishing.The Child-Voice in Singing | Francis E. Howard
It is rather a drawl that afflicts the ear than a nasal twang.American Sketches | Charles Whibley
In the mere speaking of her name his twang made instant attack upon the Southerner's nerves.The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
You are losing some of your twang, but thy speech still bewrayeth thee.The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for twang
a sharp ringing sound produced by or as if by the plucking of a taut string: the 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 twang: to 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 twang: the arrow twanged away
- twangy, adjective
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