jangle

[jang-guhl]
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

jangler, noun
jangly, adjective
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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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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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Example sentences
Machines on thick metal legs with big jangling teeth.
When not sitting, he was invariably jangling keys and coins in his pockets.
The list would grow to nearly a dozen in the space of four nerve-jangling months.
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