- 1[intransitive, transitive] to make an unpleasant sound, like two pieces of metal hitting each other; to make something do this The shop bell jangled loudly. The band is known for its distinctive jangling guitar sound. jangle something He jangled the keys in his pocket.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] jangle (something) if your nerves jangle, or if somebody/something jangles them, you feel anxious or upset She was suddenly wide awake, her nerves jangling. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘talk excessively or noisily, squabble’): from Old French jangler, of unknown origin.
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæŋɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæŋɡl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jangle
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæŋɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæŋɡl//he / she / it jangles
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæŋɡlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæŋɡlz//past simple jangled
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæŋɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæŋɡld//past participle jangled
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæŋɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæŋɡld//-ing form jangling
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæŋɡlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæŋɡlɪŋ//