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twang

[twang]
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.
  3. to have or produce a sharp, nasal tone, as the human voice.
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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.
  3. to pluck the strings of (a musical instrument): to twang a guitar.
  4. to speak with a sharp, nasal tone.
  5. to pull the string of (an archer's bow).
  6. to let fly (an arrow).
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noun
  1. the sharp, ringing sound produced by plucking or suddenly releasing a tense string.
  2. a sound resembling this.
  3. an act of plucking or picking: He gave his guitar strings a twang.
  4. a sharp, nasal tone, as of the human voice.
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Origin of twang

First recorded in 1535–45; imitative
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Examples from the Web for twanged

Historical Examples

  • They twanged, and the sister never guessed that her brother was off.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • She held it away from him, and twanged it with redoubled vigor.

    In the Morning of Time

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The Spaniard twanged his guitar, and the two hunters slept peacefully.

    The Gold-Seekers

    Gustave Aimard

  • Its wire-strings are twanged with a plectrum made of wood and glass.

  • A hard blow was of no use; it only twanged the string disagreeably.

    How Music Developed

    W. J. Henderson


British Dictionary definitions for twanged

twang

noun
  1. a sharp ringing sound produced by or as if by the plucking of a taut stringthe twang of a guitar
  2. the act of plucking a string to produce such a sound
  3. a strongly nasal quality in a person's speech, esp in certain dialects
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verb
  1. to make or cause to make a twangto twang a guitar
  2. to strum (music, a tune, etc)to twang on a guitar
  3. to speak or utter with a sharp nasal voice
  4. (intr) to be released or move with a twangthe arrow twanged away
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Derived Formstwangy, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for twanged

twang

n.

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.

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