Definition of jangle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒaŋɡ(ə)l/


1Make or cause to make a ringing metallic sound, typically a discordant one: [no object]: a bell jangled loudly [with object]: Ryan stood on the terrace jangling his keys
More example sentences
  • Asaire shook his head, the bells on his hat jangling, although the sound was barely audible over the general din in the kitchens.
  • The sound of keys jangling caught her attention.
  • From the door a light knock came, followed by the sound of the keys jangling as the door was unlocked.
1.1(With reference to a person’s nerves) set or be set on edge: [no object]: now it’s over my nerves are jangling
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  • Some owls screech and scream their heads off, setting your teeth on edge and jangling your nerves.
  • I turned into a total wreck and it got so bad that my nerves began jangling on a Wednesday, three days before a game.
  • The players know it is a prerequisite for holding down a regular place which is why nerves were probably jangling on Wednesday, with the occasion and the atmosphere providing so many ready distractions.
grate on, jar on, irritate, disturb, assault, fray, rasp, put/set on edge, shred, rub raw, test, rattle, stretch tight, wreak havoc on
informal get on


[in singular]
A ringing metallic sound: the shrill jangle of the door bell
More example sentences
  • Then came the first of several magical moments that blew any notion of Young not being in complete control of his art and music as he sat down and blew us away with the acoustic jangle and buzz of Bandit.
  • It was soon interrupted by the harsh jangle of the telephone, which I let ring until Quinn shouted for me to pick it up.
  • A jangle of locks being unlocked sounded and then the gate jerked open.
clank, clanking, clink, clinking, chink, chinking, jangling, jingle, jingling, clash, clashing, clang, clanging, rattle, rattling, clangour;
cacophony, din, racket, noise, discord, dissonance, discordance, caterwauling, raucousness, stridency, stridor



Pronunciation: /ˈdʒaŋɡli/
adjective (janglier, jangliest)
Example sentences
  • A jangly piano and high, slightly screechy, David Bowie-ish vocals bowl through an early New Wave review with slightly odd harmonies.
  • Musically, you're getting a foot-tapping jangly pop tune which has an undeniably-strong folk influence but with the amplified element which justifies The May's presence in rock and pop venues, rather than folk clubs.
  • I bought their single Pin Your Heart and although the title track itself is a jangly guitar pop classic, I found the B-sides so awful that I never actually bought the album.


Middle English (in the sense 'talk excessively or noisily, squabble'): from Old French jangler, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with jangle

angle, bangle, bespangle, dangle, entangle, fandangle, mangel, mangle, spangle, strangle, tangle, wangle, wide-angle, wrangle

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