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  • IPA(key): /ˈbæŋ.ɡəl/
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  • Rhymes: -æŋɡəl

Etymology 1[edit]

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From Hindi बंग्ली (baṅglī, glass bracelet).


bangle (plural bangles)

  1. A rigid bracelet or anklet, especially one with no clasp.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown, yet probably from bang +‎ -le (frequentative suffix).


bangle (third-person singular simple present bangles, present participle bangling, simple past and past participle bangled)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) to beat about or beat down, as corn by the wind.
  2. (obsolete or dialectal) to waste away little by little; squander carelessly; fritter (away).
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC:
      , New York Review Books 2001, p.273:
      Thus betwixt hope and fear, suspicions, angers [] betwixt falling in, falling out, etc., we bangle away our best days, befool out our times […].
    If we bangle away the legacy of peace left us by Christ, it is a sign of our want of regard for him. — Duty of Man.
  3. (intransitive) (falconry) to beat about in the air; flutter: said of a hawk which does not rise steadily and then swoop down upon its prey.
  4. (intransitive) to flap or hang down loosely, as a hat brim or an animal's ear.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Apparently from bang (verb) +‎ -le (instrumental suffix), perhaps ultimately connected with Proto-Germanic *bangilaz. Compare Dutch bengel, German Bengel.


bangle (plural bangles)

  1. (dialectal) The cut branch of a tree; a large, rough stick; the largest piece of wood in a bundle of twigs