[ twang ]
/ twæŋ /
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verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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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Origin of twang
First recorded in 1535–45; imitative
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How to use twang in a sentence
Out of the darkening sky rang the twanging call of a night-hawk, and the cluck of a dozing hen sounded from the foliage overhead.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Sebastian's warnings—twanging the same old string—only made his rage the hotter.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
Hence the twanging and humming and rustling proceeded with even less intermission than usual.Tess of the d'Urbervilles|Thomas Hardy
He was not going to see her, apparently, to-night; she was scared away by the twanging political atmosphere.The Well-Beloved|Thomas Hardy
Now and then they heard human voices, laughter, and singing in the distance, and the twanging of musical instruments.The Land of the Changing Sun|William N. Harben
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
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
Derived forms of twangtwangy, adjective
Word Origin for twang
C16: of imitative origin
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