- The definition of a twang is the sharp, tinny sound of a plucked string or banged metal object, or a way of speaking that sounds nasal.
- An example of a twang is the sound when you pluck the string of an acoustic guitar.
- An example of a twang is the sound of the country singer who spoke with a pinched sound in her voice.
- To twang is to make the sound of a banjo or bowstring, or to speak with a nasal tone.
- An example of twang when strings from an upright bass vibrate after they are plucked.
- An example of twang is to speak with a country accent.
- a quick, sharp, vibrating sound, as of a taut string suddenly plucked or released
- an act of plucking that makes this sound
- a sharply nasal way of speaking; ringing, nasal quality
- a dialect characterized by this
- an intonation and pronunciation regarded as distinctive of a particular region or class: a nontechnical usage
- Dial. a twinge
Origin of twangechoic
- to make a twang, as a bowstring, banjo, etc.
- to speak with a twang
- to be released with a twang: said of an arrow
- to cause to twang
- to say with a twang
- to shoot (an arrow), release (a bowstring), etc. with a twang
verbtwanged, twang·ing, twangs
- To emit a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument does when it is plucked.
- To resound with a sharp, vibrating sound.
- To speak in a strongly nasal tone of voice.
- To cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound: twanged the car antenna.
- To utter with a strongly nasal tone of voice.
- A sharp, vibrating sound, as that of a plucked string.
- A strongly nasal tone of voice, especially as a peculiarity of certain regional dialects.
Origin of twangImitative
- The sound of a vibrating string, e.g. of a bow, or a musical instrument.
- A technical term for a particular sharp vibrating sound characteristic of electrical guitars.
- A trace of regional or foreign accent in someone's voice.
- A sound quality that appears in the human voice when the epilaryngeal tube is narrowed.
(third-person singular simple present twangs, present participle twanging, simple past and past participle twanged)
- To produce a sharp vibrating sound, like a tense string pulled and suddenly let go.