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From Middle English janglen (to talk excessively, chatter, talk idly), from Old French jangler (to chatter, gossip, bawl, argue noisily), perhaps from Frankish *jangelon (to jeer) (compare Middle Dutch jangelen (to whine)) and ultimately imitative.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒæŋ.ɡəl/
  • Rhymes: -æŋɡəl
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jangle (third-person singular simple present jangles, present participle jangling, simple past and past participle jangled)

  1. (intransitive) To make a rattling metallic sound.
  2. (transitive) To cause something to make a rattling metallic sound.
  3. (transitive) To irritate.
    The sound from the next apartment jangled my nerves.
  4. To quarrel in words; to wrangle.



jangle (plural jangles)

  1. A rattling metallic sound.
    • 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn
      the musical jangle of sleigh bells
    • 1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 11:
      Jessamy tugged the scrolled iron bell-pull which hung down on one side of the gate. Somewhere behind, she could hear an answering jangle.
  2. (obsolete) Idle talk; prate; chatter; babble.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)


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