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twang

[twang] /twæŋ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to give out a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument when plucked.
2.
to produce such a sound by plucking a stringed musical instrument.
3.
to have or produce a sharp, nasal tone, as the human voice.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound, as a string of a musical instrument.
5.
to produce (music) by plucking the strings of a musical instrument.
6.
to pluck the strings of (a musical instrument):
to twang a guitar.
7.
to speak with a sharp, nasal tone.
8.
to pull the string of (an archer's bow).
9.
to let fly (an arrow).
noun
10.
the sharp, ringing sound produced by plucking or suddenly releasing a tense string.
11.
a sound resembling this.
12.
an act of plucking or picking:
He gave his guitar strings a twang.
13.
a sharp, nasal tone, as of the human voice.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for twang

twang

/twæŋ/
noun
1.
a sharp ringing sound produced by or as if by the plucking of a taut string: the twang of a guitar
2.
the act of plucking a string to produce such a sound
3.
a strongly nasal quality in a person's speech, esp in certain dialects
verb
4.
to make or cause to make a twang: to twang a guitar
5.
to strum (music, a tune, etc): to twang on a guitar
6.
to speak or utter with a sharp nasal voice
7.
(intransitive) to be released or move with a twang: the arrow twanged away
Derived Forms
twangy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for twang
n.

1550s, of imitative origin. Originally of bows and strings; extension to "a nasal vocal sound" is first recorded 1660s. The verb is first attested 1540s. Related: Twanged; twanging.

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