jangle

[jang-guh l] /ˈdʒæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), jangled, jangling.
1.
to produce a harsh, discordant sound, as two comparatively small, thin, or hollow pieces of metal hitting together:
"The charms on her bracelet jangle as she moves."
2.
to speak angrily; wrangle.
verb (used with object), jangled, jangling.
3.
to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound:
"He jangled the pots and pans."
4.
to cause to become irritated or upset:
"The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves."
noun
5.
a harsh or discordant sound.
6.
an argument, dispute, or quarrel.
Origin
1250–1300; Middle English janglen < Old French jangler < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to haggle, whine
Related forms
jangler, noun
jangly, adjective
Example Sentences for jangle
What with the prison authorities on the one hand and my demands on my own self on the other, my nerves were in a constant jangle.
And the whirr and jangle of myriad horns only added to his confusion.
Then the jangle of the ambulance bells added to the confusion as wagon after wagon tore up to the door, and surgeons descended.
British Dictionary definitions for jangle
jangle (ˈdʒæŋɡəl)
 
vb
1.  to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantly: the telephone jangled
2.  (tr) to produce a jarring effect on: the accident jangled his nerves
3.  an archaic word for wrangle
 
n
4.  a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
5.  an argument or quarrel
 
[C13: from Old French jangler, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to whine, complain]
 
'jangler
 
n

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Word Origin and History for jangle
jangle
c.1300, "to talk excessively," from O.Fr. jangler "to chatter" (12c.), perhaps from Frank. *jangelon "to jeer" (cf. M.Du. jangelen "to whine"). Meaning of "make harsh noise" is first recorded 1494.
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