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Definition of jangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    jangle

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘talk excessively or noisily, squabble’): from Old French jangler, of unknown origin.
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