[ twang ]
/ twæŋ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


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 twanged

British Dictionary definitions for twanged


/ (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 twanged



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