having the sharp, vibrating tone of a plucked string.
having a nasal voice quality.

Origin of twangy

First recorded in 1885–90; twang + -y1
Related formstwang·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twangy

Contemporary Examples of twangy

Historical Examples of twangy

  • Sloane's nasal, twangy exclamation was clearly intended to provoke him further.

    No Clue

    James Hay

  • Their officers rushed wildly to and fro, excitedly waving their swords, shouting in their twangy language above the din of battle.

    Bamboo Tales

    Ira L. Reeves

  • The infantry, still looking and chattering in the twangy language of their tribe, were holding their ground.

    Bamboo Tales

    Ira L. Reeves

  • The cook flicked on the dial knob and the twangy strains of Hawaiian guitar music came throbbing out.

  • I was sitting in the reading-room of the hotel one day, believing that I was alone, when a twangy voice broke in upon the silence.


    Dorothy Menpes

Word Origin and History for twangy

1887, from twang (n.) + -y (2). Related: Twangily; twanginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper