from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a harsh metallic sound: The spurs jangled noisily.
  • transitive v. To cause to make a harsh discordant sound.
  • transitive v. To have an irritating effect on: The racket from the street jangled my nerves.
  • n. A harsh metallic sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a metallic sound.
  • v. To cause something to make a metallic sound.
  • v. To irritate something.
  • n. A metallic sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Idle talk; prate; chatter; babble.
  • n. Discordant sound; wrangling.
  • n. The unmelodious ringing of multiple metallic objects striking together, such as a set of small bells.
  • intransitive v. To sound harshly or discordantly, as bells out of tune.
  • intransitive v. To talk idly; to prate; to babble; to chatter; to gossip.
  • intransitive v. To quarrel in words; to altercate; to wrangle.
  • transitive v. To cause to sound harshly or inharmoniously; to produce discordant sounds with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To talk much or loudly; chatter; babble; jabber.
  • To quarrel; altercate; bicker; wrangle; grumble.
  • To sound discordant or harsh; make harsh discord.
  • To gossip; contend; tell.
  • To cause to sound harsh or inharmonious; cause to emit discordant sounds.
  • To utter in a discordant or inharmonious manner.
  • n. Idle talk; chatter; babble.
  • n. Altercation; wrangle; quarrel.
  • n. Discordant sound.
  • n. A seaweed, Laminaria digitata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a metallic sound
  • v. make a sound typical of metallic objects


Middle English janglen, to chatter, from Old French jangler, probably of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia); compare jingle. (Wiktionary)



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