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”)).
- (intransitive) To make a rattling metallic sound.
- (transitive) To cause something to make a rattling metallic sound.
- Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune, and harsh.
- (transitive) To irritate.
- The sound from the next apartment jangled my nerves.
- To quarrel in words; to wrangle.
- Good wits will be jangling; but, gentles, agree.
- Prussian Trenck […] jargons and jangles in an unmelodious manner.
jangle (plural jangles)
- A rattling metallic sound.
- the musical jangle of sleigh bells
- (obsolete) Idle talk; prate; chatter; babble.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)