spangly

spangle

[spang-guhl]
noun
1.
a small, thin, often circular piece of glittering metal or other material, used especially for decorating garments.
2.
any small, bright drop, object, spot, or the like.
verb (used with object), spangled, spangling.
3.
to decorate with spangles.
4.
to sprinkle or stud with small, bright pieces, objects, spots, etc.
verb (used without object), spangled, spangling.
5.
to glitter with or like spangles.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English spangele (noun), equivalent to spange spangle (perhaps < Middle Dutch) + -le -le

spangly, adjective
unspangled, adjective
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spangle (ˈspæŋɡəl)
 
n
1.  a small thin piece of metal or other shiny material used as a decoration, esp on clothes; sequin
2.  any glittering or shiny spot or object
 
vb
3.  (intr) to glitter or shine with or like spangles
4.  (tr) to decorate or cover with spangles
 
[C15: diminutive of spange, perhaps from Middle Dutch: clasp; compare Old Norse spöng]
 
'spangly
 
adj

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spangle
c.1420, dim. of spang "glittering ornament, spangle," probably from M.Du. spange "brooch, clasp," cognate with O.E. spang "buckle, clasp," from P.Gmc. *spango, from an extended form of the root of span (2). The verb is attested from 1548.
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spangle

n. [UK] The singular of bells and whistles. See also spungle.
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