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Webster 1913 Edition


Jangle

Jan′gle

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Jangled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Jangling
.]
[OE.
janglen
to quarrel, OF.
jangler
to rail, quarrel; of Dutch or German origin; cf. D.
jangelen
,
janken
, to whimper, chide, brawl, quarrel.]
1.
To sound harshly or discordantly, as bells out of tune.
2.
To talk idly; to prate; to babble; to chatter; to gossip.
“Thou janglest as a jay.”
Chaucer.
3.
To quarrel in words; to altercate; to wrangle.
Good wits will be
jangling
; but, gentles, agree.
Shakespeare
Prussian Trenck . . . jargons and
jangles
in an unmelodious manner.
Carlyle.

Jan′gle

,
Verb.
T.
To cause to sound harshly or inharmoniously; to produce discordant sounds with.
Like sweet bells
jangled
, out of tune, and harsh.
Shakespeare

Jan′gle

,
Noun.
[Cf. OF.
jangle
.]
1.
Idle talk; prate; chatter; babble.
Chaucer.
2.
Discordant sound; wrangling.
The musical
jangle
of sleigh bells.
Longfellow.

Webster 1828 Edition


Jangle

JAN'GLE

,
Verb.
I.
To quarrel in words; to altercate; to bicker; to wrangle.

JAN'GLE

,
Verb.
T.
To cause to sound untunably or discordantly.
--E'er monkish rhymes
Had jangl'd their fantastic chimes.

Definition 2022


jangle

jangle

English

Verb

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.
    • Shakespeare
      Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune, and harsh.
  3. (transitive) To irritate.
    The sound from the next apartment jangled my nerves.
  4. To quarrel in words; to wrangle.
    • Shakespeare
      Good wits will be jangling; but, gentles, agree.
    • Carlyle
      Prussian Trenck [] jargons and jangles in an unmelodious manner.

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Noun

jangle (plural jangles)

  1. A rattling metallic sound.
    • Longfellow
      the musical jangle of sleigh bells
  2. (obsolete) Idle talk; prate; chatter; babble.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

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