intransitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- to quarrel or argue noisily
- to make a harsh, inharmonious sound, as of a bell out of tune
Origin of jangleMiddle English janglen from Old French jangler, to jangle, prattle, probably from Frankish an unverified form jangelon, to jeer
- to utter in a harsh, inharmonious manner
- to cause to make a harsh sound
- to irritate very much: to jangle someone's nerves
- noisy or annoying talk
- noisy quarrel or arguing
- a harsh sound; discordant ringing
verbjan·gled, jan·gling, jan·gles
To make a harsh metallic sound: The spurs jangled noisily.
- To cause to make a harsh discordant sound.
- To have an irritating effect on: The racket from the street jangled my nerves.
A harsh metallic sound.
Origin of jangleMiddle English janglen to chatter from Old French jangler probably of Germanic origin
(third-person singular simple present jangles, present participle jangling, simple past and past participle jangled)
- A rattling metallic sound.