I. verb (jangled; jangling) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French jangler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch jangelen to grumble Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to talk idly 2. to quarrel verbally 3. to make a harsh or discordant often ringing sound <
keys jangling in my pocket
transitive verb 1. to utter or sound in a discordant, babbling, or chattering way 2. a. to cause to sound harshly or inharmoniously b. to excite to tense irritation <
jangled nerves
jangler noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. idle talk 2. noisy quarreling 3. a discordant often ringing sound <
the jangle of spurs

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  • jangle — [n] cacophony of noises babel, clang, clangor, clash, din, dissonance, hubbub*, hullabaloo*, jar, pandemonium, racket, rattle, reverberation, roar, tumult, uproar; concept 595 jangle [v] make clinking noises chime, clank, clash, clatter, conflict …   New thesaurus

  • Jangle — Jan gle, v. t. To cause to sound harshly or inharmoniously; to produce discordant sounds with. [1913 Webster] Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune, and harsh. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jangle — Jan gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Jangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jangling}.] [OE. janglen to quarrel, OF. jangler to rail, quarrel; of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. jangelen, janken, to whimper, chide, brawl, quarrel.] [1913 Webster] 1. To sound harshly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jangle — index altercation, brawl (noun), brawl (verb), controversy (argument), fracas, fray, noise Burton s L …   Law dictionary

  • jangle — ► VERB 1) make or cause to make a ringing metallic sound. 2) (of one s nerves) be set on edge. ► NOUN ▪ an instance of jangling. DERIVATIVES jangly adjective. ORIGIN Old French jangler …   English terms dictionary

  • jangle — {{11}}jangle (n.) late 13c., gossip, slanderous conversation, dispute, from O.Fr. jangle, from jangler (see JANGLE (Cf. jangle) (v.)). Meaning discordant sound is from 1795. {{12}}jangle (v.) c.1300, jangeln, to talk excessively, chatter, talk… …   Etymology dictionary

  • jangle — v. (D; intr.) to jangle on ( to irritate ) (to jangle on smb. s nerves) * * * [ dʒæŋg(ə)l] (D; intr.) to jangle on (to jangle on smb. s nerves; to irritate ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • jangle — jan|gle [ˈdʒæŋgəl] v [I and T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: jangler] 1.) if metal objects jangle, or if you jangle them, they make a sound when they hit each other ▪ Her bracelets jangled on her wrist. ▪ Dev jangled his car keys. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jangle — [[t]ʤæ̱ŋg(ə)l[/t]] jangles, jangling, jangled 1) V ERG When objects strike against each other and make an unpleasant ringing noise, you can say that they jangle or are jangled. Her bead necklaces and bracelets jangled as she walked... [V n] Jane… …   English dictionary

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